Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc
It was a good St. Andrew's Day celebration, and it was quiet. There were lamb chops that were pan seared and oven roasted to medium. There was corn and peas and some potatoes, and most of all there were some good beverages.
The wine of the evening was the 2007 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc. If you're fortunate enough to have some of this wine I'd suggest you open one and drink it. Wonderful aromas of fresh, tart fruit, a hint of oak and vanilla, great medium body, and perfectly balanced between the acid and the fruit. Just about everything in this wine has come together into a wonderful package.
It had only a couple of minutes in the glass but it opened up quickly to do a pas de deux with the lamb chops. What a great pair these two made. It was very difficult to save any of this wine for tasting on a second day, but there is one small glass under vacuum. It's a little high in alcohol at 14.9% but it drinks like a wine at 13.5%
The Scottish evening finished with an Oban single malt followed by a 1991 Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Islay malt. Peat smoke, iodine, seaweed, malt all aged to total perfection in a Pedro Jiminez sherry cask. A wee bit o' heaven in a glass to carry one off to bed.