Last night we had our friends Kathie and Mark Johnson over for dinner. What a fun evening and some great wines. Linda and I have been to thier house several times, but this was the first time we have had them over.
We started the evening off with a 2005 Shadow Canyon Viognier. This wine is crisp and buttery with some hints of citrus, almost lemony. This went very well with Linda’s Gazpacho soup.
Our second wine was the 2003 Fiddlehead Lollapalooza, this is a tight pinot with some barnyard nose, took a while to open up. Complex and somewhat earthy.
We decided to grill a pork tenderloin and some veggies, unfortunately I started talking to Mark about the wines he brought and lost track of time. Needless to say the veggies didn’t fair too well, charred yet edible.
Mark let me pick from his selection for our wine with dinner. It was difficult because he brought such good stuff. Two from Kosta Browne, a 2004 Seasmoke Botella (mmmmm), and a 2004 Foxen Seasmoke Vineyard (All Pinots). Parker rates all of these wines in the mid 90′s and I know that Mark has an excellent pallet so I really couldn’t go wrong.
We decided on the 2004 Kosta Browne Cohn Vineyard Pinot. This is an excellent pinot from the Russian River area. Very big for a pinot, new world style but not over the top, nice long finish and good mouth feel. Really a fabulous wine, definately the best for the evening. This went very well with the Chipotle Orange sauce on the pork… mmmm
Our last bottle was the 2005 Herman Story White Hawk Vineyard Syrah. Very big, fruity and jammy (as a syrah should be)., nice finish and good staying power. Glad we saved this for the end because it would have overpowered the meal. 16.2% alc.