March 14, 2010

2003 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Drank a real nice Cali Cab on Saturday night. Mount Eden Vineyards has a long history of producing top-notch, old-school styled California Cabernet. They are often brooding and austere when young, and require 5-10 years in the cellar to begin to reveal what they will become. Leather, mint, and red fruit on the nose. Palate shows classic old-world Cab sensibilities; there is leather, tobacco leaf, cassis. It's slightly austere, too. There's beauty here, but you have to work for it....It really pops with the ribeye. Young, but quite tasty. My kind of Cali Cab. And, in today's marketplace of stratospheric prices on California Cabernet, Mount Eden can still be found for $35.

Drank the Mount Eden with ribeyes smothered in caramelized shallots and pommes anna ala Thomas Keller. The pommes anna is a delicious dish that offers a nice alternative to more common potato offerings. Thinly sliced potato layered with shallots and prunes, covered in clarified butter and backed until crispy. Well worth the effort.

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