May 22, 2009

Parker's on Ponce- Windy Oaks Pinot and an 11 year-old Syrah

I was pretty excited when Parker's on Ponce was announced as the new tenant at the old Mick's space. An independently-owned steakhouse in downtown Decatur: sign me up.
I wanted to love it, I wanted to shout my approval from the steps of the old courthouse. Unfortunately, over the past six months, Parker's has left me, underwhelmed.
On this, my fourth visit, Parker's comes up...just ok.
They have a great space, they have a great location, their staff is attentive.
But the food, tonight, it lacked something.
Tonight, the pork chop is underseasoned, and slightly overcooked; last visit, it took two attempts to get the filet to medium rare.
Tonight, the jalapeno grit cake with the chicken dish is uninteresting (maybe that's the Yankee in me talking).
The Calamari starter, fried and served over cannelini beans and remoulade, is the highlight.
I still recommend the heavenly truffle mac and cheese! Oh, it's killer.
I'll go back, but not sure it will be that often.

As it was our 11th anniversary this weekend, I brought a '98 Dehlinger Syrah.
I also brought along one of my favorite CA pinot producers, Windy Oaks.

Parker's does not charge corkage! This alone keeps them in my rotation, just wish they'd step up the food a bit.

  • 2006 Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir Henry's Block Schultze Family Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (5/22/2009)
    Perhaps my favorite Windy Oaks to date. Very light, almost transparent pink in the glass. Slight oakiness on the nose, but also notes of barnyard and smoke. Palate is loaded with strawberry, raspberry, and earthy mushrooms. Loaded, but no hard edges, and finishes with an old world minerality. So glad to have 3 more.
  • 1998 Dehlinger Syrah Estate - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/22/2009)
    The wine that won't quit giving. 11 years old and kicking. Dark, tarry, smoky nose. Palate features cherry, herbs, spice box. Finishes with a blast of tart cherry.Beautiful, restrained, mature CA syrah.

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