Marquis Philips vs. Marquis Philips: The 2006 wins out.

jan. 18, 2010: victoria and greg both had the day off because of the holiday, so we decided to stay in and watch a movie. victoria prepared this steak au poivre recipe along with potatoes seasoned with sage, thyme and rosemary via http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/steak-au-poivre-with-herbed-fingerling-potatoes-and-asparagus-recipe/index.html. (but with red creamer potatoes, not fingerlings.) she also prepared green beans and shallots via http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/green-beans-with-shallots-recipe/index.html and asparagus with pumpkin oil/balsamic vinegar dressing via http://recipes.suite101.com/article.cfm/simple_recipes_using_pumpkin_seed_oil.

the only dish that didn't turn out as well as it could have is the asparagus, most of which burned on the grill. thicker stalks of asparagus might be better for this particular recipe.

now, onto the wine. we decided to do a comparison of a 2007 and a 2006 marquis philips shiraz. victoria had bought the 2007 at wine tree on friday, and alan gave her the 2006 today. greg and victoria both preferred the 2006. greg said this south eastern australian is smooth, fruity, with hints of raisin, slight tannins, and is delicious. victoria said the nose is leathery and blackberry. there are slight tannins to the texture, and the flavor is fruity but also mellow. when compared with the 2007, she said it's definitely drinkable, and easily so. 15.5 percent alcohol. gift.

greg said the 2007 has a very tannic nose and is a 3 on the 1-5 tannic scale (with 5 being so tannic it's undrinkable). he said it's smooth, too, and is almost like a sour cherry at the end. victoria said the blackberry nose on the 2007 is more muted than the 2006; it's also slightly carmely, with scents of tar. the color is inky and more concentrated. the flavor is fruity, but it comes only to a certain point, like it's just flat-out not going to give you any more; a stubborn wine in that way. she said this wine could open up more. it feels young. 15.5 percent alcohol. $19.99 at wine tree. (it's $20.99 at varsity liquors, as of jan. 23, 2010.)

photo credit: spiritofwine.blogspot.com

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