Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kinkead Ridge 2005 Cabernet Franc

Beautiful April day here yesterday, total sunshine, light breeze, and temperatures around the 60 degree mark.  This would have been a day to bottle and save for the misery that August usually brings.

Dinner was a prime porterhouse steak almost two inches thick cooked on the grill.  The steak was seasoned with anchovy paste and black pepper while coming to room temperature.  It was then tossed on the grill opposite the coals so that it mostly cooked over indirect heat.  When the steak was nearly done it was moved over the coals to char and crisp the outside while staying rare to medium rare in the inside.  Just delicious, and so much meat that there are leftovers for a couple of days.    There were some rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes to munch alongside the steak. 

For wine we opened a 2005 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc.  Great, mature color in the glass and the nose smelled of ripe black cherries with a hint of dark chocolate.  There was also the sensation of rich, black soil with spring dampness to it.  The taste was loaded with those cherries, along with a few black raspberries, the hint of chocolate and that sensation of dark soil.  The acid was more than good and there was just enough tannin on the finish to clear the palate.  Since the steak wasn't overly smokey this wine was a perfect match.  I'm becoming a big fan of KR's reds when they are about three of four years out from the vintage.  The youthful exuberance is gone and replaced by a delicious maturity.  The current release of this wine is 2007, with the 2008 vintage due out in September. 

Just in case this wine gets any better with more age, there are two more in the cellar. 

About the picture.  It's been awhile since there was a flamingo on this site so I thought it time to include everything that is in the title, two dogs, a flamingo and a bottle of wine.

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