While waiting for my dinner to cook (just some spaghetti, pre-made alfredo sauce, and a frozen seafood mix from Trader Joe’s) I’d like to write about YESTERDAY’s dinner: filet mignon served with steamed fingerling potatoes tossed with leeks and goat cheese. To wash this down was a fair amount of the 2001 Arrowood “Le Beau Melange” Syrah from Sonoma Valley. Altogether, a great meal.
The impetus for this meal was a half-marathon Alex ran the previous day–the National Half-Marathon–as practice for the true full marathon he was planning on running in early May. He did very well, coming in I believe 74th out of hundreds if not thousands.
The wine was to help celebrate; the steak was to help him recuperate.
True to form, Alex and I had a bit of the Arrowood before dinner–it got us crunk. At 15% alcohol, this one was a heavy hitter. However, it didn’t taste hot, nor was it too big and bold for our tastes. It reminded me of one of my favorite wines–the Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine La Roquete. However, THAT wine, being from Southern France, was made primarily of grenache, while the Arrowood was composed of syrah. It felt more like a “French” wine–apparently, too, Le Beau Melange is Arrowood’s Rhone-style offering. It succeeds despite the higher alcohol content. Australian shiraz it ain’t.