2009 Block Nine Pinot Noir: Smooth, sleek, very good

feb. 12, 2011: i don't know what it is about valentine's day, but at the grabner household, the day seems to stretch into several. this pre-valentine's day celebration included baked salmon with this recipe http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/baked-salmon-ii/Detail.aspx and this block nine pinot noir from california. both are new to us. the pinot was about $14.59 with a six-bottle case discount at winetree that we got today as well. this californian was smooth and sleek, with a eucalyptus nose. we'd both definitely get it again. 13.1 percent alcohol.

the salmon recipe was also very tasty and we'll make this again ... probably when rob williamson visits us next weekend. the seasoning goes well with the natural flavor of the salmon. i also used three garlic cloves instead of two. (i crushed two of the cloves and then diced the third.) i also added more than a tablespoon of freshly squeeze lemon juice and marinated this for more than an hour. i then baked it for about 30 minutes, which might have been a bit too much. but salmon is such a fatty fish that it's very forgiving. i think i might bake it for about 2-3 minutes less next time. we also had steamed broccoli and carrots, and freshly baked multi-grain bread from schnucks. anyway, it was a very good meal all around.

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