RESERVE WINE PAIRINGS
Early Fall 2019
$135 PER GUEST
MV Delamotte Champagne, Brut, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cote des Blancs, France
Pairing Notes: We are thrilled to begin the evening with bubbles from one of our favorite houses. Our arrival Champagne is predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while Pinot Meunier is added to complete the wine’s charm. The finish is elegant and perfectly balanced with notes of stone fruit, lemon zest and minerality from Champagne’s prestigious soil.
2017 Robert Sinskey, Rosé, “Vin Gris of Pinot Noir,” Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Pairing Notes: Originally founded as a simple 15 acre plot of Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey Vineyards has become a golden standard for Pinot Noir and, consequentially, organic/biodynamic grape farming. Tonight’s “Vin Gris of Pinot Noir” effortlessly parallels aromas of cherry blossoms and chamomile to our Halibut’s Golden Raisin Agrodolce.
2014 Hyde Vineyards, Pinot Noir, “Hyde Vineyards,” Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Pairing Notes: Although Napa Valley’s wine history is limited, quality vineyards in Carneros officially begin when Larry Hyde planted vines in 1979. Developing an iconic style of the region, Hyde constantly pushes for terroir expression and minimalism. This wine is brimming with tart cherries and soft cola to welcome our second course’s rich, yet texturally sound Porcini “Custard Royale.”
2016 Desire Lines, Syrah, “Shake Ridge Ranch,” Amador County, California
Pairing Notes: Emily and Cody are Midwest lovers with grand dreams of wine. The husband and wife duo began producing wine in 2013, after Cody’s patron saint/boss, Morgan Twain-Peterson, of Bedrock Wine Co., leased a single row of Syrah from the Petaluma Gap. Tonight’s “Shake Ridge Ranch” Syrah comes from the local foothills of Amador County were complex characteristics and gentle fruit approachability softly wrap around tonight’s sweetbreads.
2015 Stephanie, Merlot, Napa Valley
Pairing Notes: Tonight’s Stephanie label Merlot was created to showcase focused and finesse-driven estate fruit by winemaker Jeff Gaffner. The family estate, located in Wooden Valley, is unlike the tourist-trotted terroir that we may know and love, but is a true vintner’s dream: sun-soaked and secluded. This dark and alluring wine is a perfect-pairing introduction to the fruits of Fall. Our finale savory course of “Flat Iron” offers the ideal red meat coupling.
MV Niepoort, 10 Year Tawny Port, Douro Valley, Portugal
Pairing Notes: Our wine pairing finale is a tawny port blend of over 10 indigenous grape varieties from the Douro Valley. Proprietor and winemaker, Dirk Niepoort, was a busy man when originally taking the helm of his fifth generation, family estate. Several years before the transition, his father had purchased two neighboring wine estates that were left dilapidated. Dirk took this opportunity to create old vine wines unlike any other estate in the region. Dirk’s 10 Year Tawny Port uses 60+ year-old vines to create a wine of fresh character, yet retain deep walnut aromas. Similar to our House Pairing, this course’s food and wine share similar qualities, but Niepoort offers elevated warming spices that cannot be rivaled.