Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Last night we had one of my wife's co-workers over for dinner. The lamb shanks were reheated in a slow oven for a couple of hours (just made them more tender) with the sauce poured over them. It was very successful.
While we were chatting over cheese and crackers, I served the Langmeil Three Gardens GSM 2005. As you would expect, it was full of ripe fruit, with some baking spice is reserve. I found it to be pretty elegant for what it is - more typical for Australia would be something more like raspberry jam than the fresh raspberry found here. I didn't look at the reviews before I bought it, but I had heard good things about the winery and hadn't tried any. This one seems to have scored well with just about everyone - 91 from Spectator, 90 each from Parker and Tanzer. Just a few left, though, then we're on to the next vintage.
With dinner, I served a 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape from, Domaine de Bois Dauphin Clos des Pontifes. I tasted this one before I bought it for the store, and I loved it then. It's just better now. Plenty of fruit, just a hint of oak, lots of herbs, with rich leathery notes on a very long finish. This one was just delicious. The garrigue - herbs de Provence - matched perfectly with the seasoning for the lamb. The mild acidity of the wine - really well balanced - cut through the richness of the braised lamb wonderfully. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal.
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