Last night a special treat a light summertime meal with some exquisite wines!
Fresh vegetables, grapes, cherries and homemade pizza. One pizza was baked with Brie cheese, bacon and a walnuts. Then topped with arugula. The other pizza was made with a homemade sauce with mozzarella, sautéed Italian sausage and peppers. Both were manifico!! Also three different dips were made for the vegetables. Paired with a couple of extraordinary wines, Peter Michael 2013 La Carrière Chardonnay and 2010 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2013 Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay is a wine that can be aged similar to many French Chardonnays. The golden color was striking along with its minerality (La Carrière mean the quarry), almond, jasmine, lemon and pear notes. The intense creaminess was the hallmark of this wine coupled with a heavy viscosity. Robert Parker gave this wine 98 points.
2010 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Malbec and Merlot added for roundness. On the eyes an extremely dark purple and med-heavy viscosity. On the nose an almost overwhelming experience of aromas of violets and blackberries. On the palate everything imaginable from a mountain fruit from Napa Valley. Ranging from dark chocolate, granite to boysenberry. Largely structured similar to the Rock of Gibraltar with immense tannins but is balanced as a tightrope walker with a silky smooth finish. For the last 15+ years always a perennial favorite wine. This was a perfect wine with this summer dinner. Robert Parker rated it 97 points, but I believe it is even higher!