Keeping with the Latin theme we moved on to the 2010 De Martino “Legado” Chardonnay from Chile. Scott prepared a chicken salad with peaches and cucumber with a mint and white wine vinaigrette. The salad was sensational and the wine was a winner, too. A touch of banana on the nose, well balanced with bright acids. It was an ideal match for the salad and also a good buy at $16. We then proceeded to the 2010 JordanChardonnay from Sonoma County. This wine was a hit with the entire crew. I picked up stone fruit on the nose and green apple on the tongue. The finish lasted and lasted and it was heavenly with a Bavarian red triple cream I selected as well as the smoked salmon. The $29 price tag wouldn’t prevent any of us from purchasing this lovely wine.
Linda brought a platter of roast beef on crostini with virgin olive oil, black and green olives, horseradish and green onions. We stayed in Sonoma County, moving to Dry Creek Vineyards for their 2008 Meritage. This wine offered a great nose with blackberry, plum, black pepper and vanilla. This was a complex wine with supple soft tannins and boy did it play nice with food! It was a wonderful match with the roast beef, a blueberry stilton, capicola, smoked Gouda and assorted chocolates. We all felt it was priced well at $28. We sampled another offering from Dry Creek Vineyards, the 2008 “Endeavors” Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottle promised something good: heavy glass, substantial cork and simple elegance. The contents didn’t disappoint. I smelled dark cherry and plum and tasted cherry. It’s a complex wine that got better as it opened up. It wasn’t particularly food friendly, but it’s one of those wines that’s oh so good on its own. Of the foods I tried it with it went best with capicola and chocolate covered graham crackers. A bit pricey at $65, but all of us loved this wine. In fact, it spurred a lively discussion I’ll share with you later.