We hadn't seen our very good friends Justin & Amy in quite some time. Well at least it SEEMED like a long time & that is good enough. There shouldn't really be a reason to see close friends (actually at this point they are family, not friends) aside from wanting to. Kelly grabbed some cheeses & olives from the store as I poked through the wine fridge to see what we should open. J & A showed up with a Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Napa Valley. Damn! This was such a nice surprise & what a treat. I thought that I should open something that would balance the cab out. Something spicy, something old world. Sooo I brought out a Domaine Les Aphillanthes Vielles Vignes 2006 Cotes du Rhone-Villages.
The Darioush was luscious & soft. At first it was almost zin-like with a jammy fruit note & a sort of blackberry, raspberry kind of thing going on. But after a bit of time it got bolder & bigger. The tannins became more pronounced but never got abrasive. They remained soft & supple. It was delightfully unique!
The Aphillantes was heady with spicy aromas of oil cured olive, clove, earth & dark red fruit. It had a lovely dark core of fruit on the palate & a round voluptuous texture. Absolutely gorgeous! I wanted that glass of wine to last forever.
With Tempura Matsui, Fine Tempura Dining Arrives in New York - The restaurant in Murray Hill will offer a tasting menu of delicately fried seafood and vegetables, starting next week.
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