Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.
You knew that already.
Did you also know what Kara and I drank to celebrate?
If you followed @JeffIsRad on Twitter, there’s a chance that you did.
For the rest of you, here’s what we had…
This wine was given to us as a wedding gift from Jan and Dr. Jan Krupp of Krupp Brothers and Stagecoach Vineyard way back in 2010. We decided that Valentine’s Day was as good a day as any to break this puppy open and see what it had in store.
So… we took the bottle down to our favorite sushi restaurant, CreAsian, to have a taste…
The wine is a blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Viognier from the L2 and 14B blocks of Stagecoach Vineyard. The wine was barrel fermented on its native yeast, went through 100% natural malolactic fermentation, and was aged sur lie for 9 months in 85% new French oak. It has an awe-inspiring 14.9% alcohol. The Wine Enthusiast gave it a 93. Needless to say, this is a wine geek’s dream (Do you hear that, Wine Geek?).
Color: Super yellow golden straw in color.
Nose: White flowers, honeysuckle, and dried apricots.
Taste: This wine is ridiculously big in its mouthfeel. In spite of its big, oily viscosity, the Bride has a nice, crisp acidity to go with it. The palate is all flowers, honey, petrol, and mineral.
Score: I really like this wine, but I’m not one to slap a 93 on it like the Enthusiast. I’m going 89.
The write-up in the Wine Enthusiast warns that this wine may be a difficult one to pair with other foods, and I agree…
If it’s gonna work with anything, it’s gotta be Asian.
My feeling was that the oiliness of the fish would bring out secondary flavors of the wine.
Sure enough… as we got into the meal, it’s the crisp acidity that continued to be highlighted in the Bride. It’s that same acidity that helps make the flavors in the food just pop.
Speaking of food…
Here’s what we ate at CreAsian…
And that was Valentine’s Day!
Of course, if you followed @JeffIsRad on Twitter, you probably already knew that.
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