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posted 03-04-2013 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings friends.
We have returned from our SC wine event and I wanted to report on our tasting of wines from Pride.
Yes, they are known as a Napa winery, but it actually is situated in BOTH counties and since Sonoma gets so little conversation of late, and most of the wines served were from Sonoma, I'm posting here.
This was a paired dinner featuring wines from Pride.
Hors d'oeuvres course was paired with the Napa Valley 2011 Chardonnay which we really liked because the use of oak was very restrained- barely there in the flavor profile. The foods offered with this course were ( this is the short version of the names of the dishes): tiny ham biscuits with citrus and fennel mostarda; Veal Crudo with marrow, sunchokes, cured yolk and hazelnut gemolata; Lamb BLT's; Shrimp with fermented fennel and 'nduja.
Next Course was 2011 Sonoma County Viognier- an absolutely brilliant Viognier that was floral but not over the top, and had a crisp but silky mouthfeel that was delicious. This was paired with a "mosaic" of baby octopus, pickled oysters and emulsion of black garlic.
The next course was a meat and cheese plate( they called it "cures and curds", isn't that cute?) of Guinea Hog lonza, saucisson sec, Jasper Hill Farm Harbison, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and fennel pickled pears.
The wine for this course was the 2011 Sonoma County Chardonnay- a wonderful Chard that had not one bit of that butterscotchiness that drives me insane- a very crisp fruit forward Chard that had all the good parts of Chardonnay to offer.
Next we had the 2010 Sonoma County Syrah which was paired with Veal cooked 3 ways- roasted loin, braised neck, and bratwurst. This was a very acidic food trio and the Syrah did a nice job of cutting the bite and rounding out the flavors. Its hard to put this one in a tasting profile because the food had such strong flavors, but it was a good rich wine with great structure.
It had to be to hold up to all that sharp flavor in the foods.
The last course was wild boar shoulder with gnocci and smoked mushrooms and this course was paired with 2 wines- the 2007 Cab Franc from Sonoma County and the 2007 Merlot from Napa/Sonoma. this was BY FAR our fvorite wine for the evening. That Merlot is the best we've had in a very long time- above average body with wonderful element of cherry and red fruit where the Cab Franc was just a little tannic which helped cut through the fat of the boar. I suspect these two may not be available as he mentioned at least twice that he raided his personal cellar for those.
Dessert course was Pear Sorghum upside down cake and it was Fabulous!!! Pears and sorghum- who'd'a'thunkit? This was served with Mistelle de Viognier Sonoma County and I was a lovely dessert wine- just enough sweet to get your atention and complement the pears.
I don't know if you can get to Pride from the Sonoma side or not...I was going to ask but dinner took 3 hours and it was way past my bedtime by the time we were through...and frankly our host was fairly "well done" by that time and I didn't want to try to ask him anything too difficult.


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