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.