3.05.2010

2006 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir: Definitely silky and full-flavored.

march 5, 2010: this night would have been perfect if the kitchen sink hadn't clogged. but that's neither here nor there, since we still managed to have fun. this willamette valley, ore., pinot was, on its own, rich, definitely cherry ... a silky tie on a stained-suit evening. here was the menu: roasted salmon with oranges, fresh dill and onions via http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roasted-Salmon-with-Orange-Herb-Sauce-102205, fresh steamed green beans, and butternut squash au gratin via http://www.winespectator.com/recipes/show/id/516.

greg was still managing despite his sinus infection, and the first thing he noticed about this wine was its sourness. victoria didn't see that. to her, it had the flavor of cherry cola (like the 2007 non-reserve we had last sunday), was silky, rich and definitely full-flavored. this was a wine that had personality, and confidence, despite the disaster that was the kitchen sink (which greg fixed an hour later, thankfully). definitely recommend it. though next time, victoria wouldn't pair it with this butternut squash au gratin ... that dish was too sweet against the orange juice on the salmon. she thought it was best to, instead, add the saltiness of a russian potato dish. 14.5 percent alcohol. purchased at winetree. $48.

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