Friday, September 12, 2008

Canoe Ridge 2001

Four days of rain are starting so last night was probably the last chance to grill something.

That "something" turned out to be two loin, lamb chops. Rubbed with Dijon mustard and then coated with chopped thyme, garlic and rosemary they made a great Thursday dinner. I added some fresh pasta in a mushroom, saffron, white wine and light cream sauce.

The wine was wonderful. It was a Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge, Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon. Fully flavored with cherries, currants and other red fruits overlaid with some earthy aromas the wine was just a pleasure to sniff. It was even better to drink. Good acidity matched up well with the fruit and the tannins were soft and integrated into a total product. At then end of the second glass the wine fully opened up and was as good a wine as I've had for awhile. It's fully mature but showing no signs of going down the other side of the hill. There's a large glass left for tonight, and one more bottle in the cellar.

The lamb and pasta were great, and the wine was their equal.

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