Saturday, January 7, 2012

Wine Review: Frank Family Vineyards 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay

This wine is a straw color. The nose is filled with aromas of pear, citrus (honeysuckle), and pineapple notes along with lemon zest. The palate mirrors the nose with tropical fruit flavors, a richness ( buttery notes) along with herbal, and mineral notes on the palate. This wine has the fruit flavors found in Chardonnay and the herbal notes of Sauvignon Blanc, which makes it quite interesting. I think it allows for more exciting food pairings. Note:  This wine was a sample provided by Frank Family Vineyards SRP $32.50

I paired this wine with a bruschetta (lightly toasted sliced french bread rounds that were brushed with Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil) ), then topped with a thin spread of fig preserves, fresh goat cheese, a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes and topped with lightly fried prosciutto. To finish these appetizers, I placed them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and placed them in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for about 5 minutes or so, to crisp the prosciutto and warm the fresh goat cheese. I love the flavors of the fig preserves, with the creaminess and slight tang of the fresh goat cheese, hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, the sweet and sour taste of the balsamic vinegar, and the saltiness of the prosciutto along with this wine. I hope you try this wine and suggested food pairing.

Try the suggested products as well, and let me know what you think! Note: The french bread rounds we sliced almost an half inch thick and baked in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. You get 12 appetizers with a half of a French bread. I used six slices of proscuitto and cut them in half to have 12 pieces to artfully top each appetizer.
Note: I used Bonne Maman Fig Preserves  in the preparation of the bruschetta. It is all natural and delicious. Note:  This was a sample provided by Bonne Maman. SRP $5.75

Wine Review: 2008 Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is a deep garnet color. The nose is filled with aromas of dark fruit, hints of cocoa, spice and a bit of dust (terrior The palate has flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, cocoa, cedar (the slightly herbal flavor) and spice. This wine has some tannins, but they provide structure in the wine. It is rich and concentrated on the palate, but the Fillet Mignon for Christmas melted every bit of the tannins away, to make for a smooth drink, and satisfying pairing for  Christmas dinner. This is truly a luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon. I am no expert on cellaring, but this one could be saved for a few years. If given the chance to cellar a bottle, I'd like to see if I had the willpower to wait; the verdict is still out on that issue! I just love a steak and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon; especially with a sprig of rosemary in the pan, when searing the meat. Rosemary in the pan, on the grill or rosemary compound butter on a steak pairs so well with Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine would also pair well with meats off the grill, beef roasts (think standing rib for a splurge), gourmet burgers, and aged cheddar and blue cheeses.  Note: This wine was a sample provided by Frank Family Vineyards SRP $49.75

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wine Review: Frank Family Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel

This wine is a deep garnet color. The nose is filled with juicy dark fruit aromas along with spice, white pepper. The palate has those dark fruit flavors of raspberries, plums, along with a bit of earthiness, and white pepper on the finish. The wine is so silky in texture, you just want to reach for another glass. The tannins are smooth, but this wine has nice balance. This wine would pair well with meats off the grill, especially sausages. I'd also pair it with a simple tomato bruschetta and rack of lamb glazed  with a balsamic vinegar reduction sauce. This wine is also great to sip alone. This is one of my favorite Zinfandels!   Note: This wine was a sample provided by Frank Family Vineyards. SRP $36.75