Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crozes Hermitage

Despite the hot weather, and thankfully we are in the midst of a two day reprieve, one cannot live entirely on summer wines.  Once in awhile you need a big red, especially if there is a large porterhouse steak involved.

The wine selected for the steak was a 2005 J. Vidal-Fleury Crozes Hermitage.  The wine was a medium dark color but the aroma of dark grapes and fresh meat filled the room.  There was a touch of dry leather in the aroma as well.  The taste was all about fruit and some dry earth.  Dark cherries, red plums, a little spice and some vanilla all made for quite a nice package.  Tannins had settled somewhat but were still firm without being harsh in any way and the acid was more than acceptable. 

Not a heavy hitter or a huge wine, but a good, honest, solid red to go with a delicious steak.  $24 and 12.5% alcohol.

Dessert wasn't too bad either.  Fresh peaches hit the local market so there was a fresh peach sorbet to end the meal.

Back to hot, steamy weather tomorrow.

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