Here in NCW we turn out wine after wine worthy of accolades. This is one we just had, with a dinner to complement it.
Often we have had the opportunity to taste many wines not yet released to the public, and to watch them develop in the bottle before release. Tonight's wine was one.
Last winter a local Leavenworth area winery bottled a new predominantly Malbec red blend, and since February we have sampled it monthly, enjoying the development of aromas and flavors. In June it was one of our anniversary wines. I say "one" because after this many years, we celebrate for several days with a different special dinner and wine each evening.
The wine was sensational. As Chandler in Friends would say, 'Can it be any better?"
We didn't think so at the time, but tonight we answered with "yes." As with all good wines, we decanted it for half an hour before serving it; in the brief weeks since June it had become more fragrant and rich in flavor. As this blend pairs well with lamb, I served it with a simple lamb roast topped with a slice of all natural peppered bacon which lent its flavors to the tender meat, fresh-from-the-garden green beans and whole wheat mini fusilli tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, minced parsley, capers, sweet onion, garlic and toasted walnut pieces, with just-picked zucchini diced, briefly sauteed and folded in at the last minute.
And the wine? The newly released Quartette from Silvara Vineyards, right here near Leavenworth WA. This is going to be an award winning wine you'll be proud to serve.