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No wine notes tonight (I am still nursing the Samion from last night), but a food note instead. I served pan seared Verlasso salmon on Polenta cakes with sauteed snow peas and a fresh cherry tomato sauce. And then I added some mint at the very end. The acidity of the tomatoes and fresh mint cut nicely through the fattiness of the salmon. And the polenta cakes soaked up some of the tomato sauce.
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2006 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino with bucatini in tomato sugo, mild Italian sausage, mint and ricotta last night. The wine shined with this salty spicy, minty food. Pretty and juicy cherry, tobacco and dried herbs. Serious tannins, too. This will age well for another decade or two.
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2007 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois. This was served with USDA Prime top sirloin, potatoes, grilled zucchini and bitters salad and it is pretty good. It has what I like in CdP. My only complaint is that it feels a bit hot on the palate, but overall, it is a solid effort.
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The escarole bitters salad inspired by @frankprisinzano. Escarole, mint, ricotta salata, fuji apple, toasted pine nuts, castel vetrano olives, cracked pepper, squeezes lemon, olive oil and fleur de sel. Delicious. Salty, tangy, nutty and bitter. And the missus loved it, too.
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2010 Michel & Stéphane Ogier St. Joseph with grilled Wagyu Top Sirloin tonight. The wine was really awesome. All about bacon fat and cracked black pepper, wrapped in a beautifully balanced package of tannins and acidity. I cooked the beef like @scottmanlin often does…at 250F until it reaches 125F internal temperature, rest 15 minutes, then sear in a smoking hot pan and rest another 15 minutes before serving. Perfect medium rare.
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2011 Henrik Möbitz Köpfle Pinot Noir tonight. What is more German than some brussel sprouts (Rosenkohl) and Spaetburgunder? And there will be some roast chicken and polenta with it. The wine itself is riper than I expected and lacks a little in the complexity department relative to the Enderle Moll from yesterday. Very spice and earth forward. Overall still interesting and worthwhile to drink.
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