Thursday, June 16, 2011

2007 Mer Soleil Chardonnay Barrel Fermented & 2006 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow, it was sibling night last night over here for the Stanley Cup finals game. My brother and sister-in-law joined us for dinner as my 3-1/2 lb filet of Copper River salmon needed help to be eaten. A great weekly intermission. Thank you Costco, what a great deal. On a side note, I can’t believe the mayhem in Vancouver over the loss but the Canucks just went flat after the first part of the series; shouldn’t destroy your city over it though.

Last week we went to the Bellevue Farmer’s Market and bought all kinds of local treats including leeks and green garlic.  I had few of them left and decided we were going to use the rest for the salmon and make a marinade while soaking the cedar plank (also from Costco).  Canola oil, soy sauce, sake, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, green garlic (like green onions but more garlic than onion, very perplexing actually), leeks and hunger went into the marinade. After drying the salmon off, I salt and peppered it and got it soaking away in the deliciousness I just crafted and prepared the plank.

When the salmon came off the grill with essentially roasted leeks and green garlic topping it off, my brother gave me maybe the best compliment I’ve ever heard about my cooking. He called it food poetry. I’ll certainly take that. Served it with some coconut rice that my wife made and it was time to share the salmon with some wine.

2007 Mer Soleil Chardonnay Barrel Fermented

This is the definition of an oaked California chardonnay to me. The good news is that we love it. In the glass it was an absolutely beautiful gold color that literally radiated from the glass as if glowing. A sweet mouth coating nectar that just hung on the side of the glass for dear life. On the nose was ripe honey dew, cantaloupe and a slight oaked vanilla that peeked through. The 2004 I had previously drunken was more memorable to me, but this showed great too. Always a good drink when looking for a big white wine.  

2006 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon

Abeja represents one of the few wineries that I actually am on the list and buy yearly.  Again I am reminded why.  

Opened the wine and poured through the Vinturi, drank over the next 2 hours. Somewhere between a bright garnet to a deep ruby going almost clear on the very edges. The first thing you immediately notice upon pouring and holding the glass is that the nose is jumping out of the glass at you. Very fragrant and enticing to draw your nose back to the glass. On the nose immediately is cocoa powder, dark fruit, marzipan and slight bit of what I though was freshly cut strawberries. Over the course of the evening though, more red fruit, baking spices, cinnamon, a floral aroma and vanilla came on. On the palate was a very big wine; chocolate, dark fruit, spice, and working its way to blueberry as the night wore on. Medium tannins that seem to have integrated with the wine well since bottling and medium weight in the mouth.  An very long finish follows that makes me happy to have another half case tucked away.  An excellent distinctly Washington cabernet. Still has some good years in front of it.

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