The Anvil Club, East Dundee, IL
Tasted April 26, 2013 by AllRed with 298 views
Domino and I decided to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary with a few friends over dinner at the Anvil Club. I requested that the Club include a foie course for us, and sent them the list of what we planned on opening in case they felt like coming up with another appetizer or entree choice for us. They took the list and created a full menu for us. The Club did a wonderful job for us, and really let us enjoy the evening with friends.
Other than pairing the sweeties with the foie & dessert, we just pulled corks and worked our way thorugh the wines, being able to revisit as we pleased, inviting the restaurant staff to taste along the way as well.
Thanks to Sue & Mike, M/M thelostverse and M/M Vino Me for celebrating with us.
Flight 1 (18 notes)
Antipasto platter featuring assorted cheeses and charcuterie including a terrific wild boar salami.
Seasonal vegetables and dip.
Eggplant caviar & crisps.
Amuse Bouche trio:
Gravlax, capers, creme fraiche & dill.
Bloody Mary gelee.
Asian style tartare with potato crisps.
Foie gras & apricot terrine with endive salad.
Watercress, arugula & mâché with poached pear.
Trio of entrees:
I- Crispy duck with spinach, bacon candy & goat cheese croquette.
II- Rack of lamb, buffalo cauliflower & honey blossom corn fritter.
III- Anvil Prime sirloin, seared foie gras, sugar snap peas, caramelized cipollini onion & truffle Parmesan frites.
White chocolate & blood orange cake.
White - Sparkling
2008 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut
Notes of apple, clay, toast and stone with a subtle wet dough quality. Nice fruit on the palate, with a certain masculine quality compared to the lighter, crisp Domaine Carneros that preceded it. Nice roasted apple adn toast notes on the finish. 91+ pts.
2008 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir
Cloudy yellow color. Notes of coconut, toast, marshmallow, peach blossom and butterscotch. Lovely toasted oak and white fruit flavors on the palate. A bit on the young side yet. Drink 2016+.
2008 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Graciously opened by M/M thelostverse, decanted for an hour+ if I recall correctly. Light golden color with notes of apple, vanilla, butterscotch and spice. Rich, toasted qualities on the nose & palate. Baked apple and toast qualities on the finish with a stony/minerally tinge. Long finish. Gorgeous.
2008 Sine Qua Non Kolibri
Pulled the cork about two hours prior to dinner, poured a small taste and put the cork back in. Upon opening, florals dominated the bouquet and the palate was full of bright citrus oil qualities. A couple of hours later, teh aromas turned to mineral oil, citrus, apple and florals with a lanolin-like undertone. Apple, melon, lanolin and clove qualities on the palate. 90-92 pts.
2008 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
I went through four of these shortly after release and really enjoyed them...this bottle was a completely different story. Hot, alcoholic and disjointed. Will have to pull another bottle from storage very soon.
2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate
Lovely mix of red & dark fruits, spice and earth in the bouquet. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced, with cherry, earth, cinnamon and spice qualities. Finishes well with dark fruit and earth tones. 92-93 pts.
2008 Continuum Proprietary Red
Decanted about 10 hours. Notes of dark fruit, violets, plum, chocolate, spice and vanilla. Full-bodied, with firm yet approachable tannins and flavors of vanilla, spice, cassis and black currants. Long finish.
2008 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots
Decanted about 10 hours. Inky garnet color. Cassis, black currants, vanilla and floral aromas. Full-bodied with firm, sweet tannins and flavors of dark fruit, red berries, vanilla, spice and plum. Violet and raspberry notes with time. Has an elegance about it. Long finish.
2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Crimson color with aromas of red currants, violets, lavender, garrigue and earth. Medium- to full-bodied, with very pretty red fruit, earth and garrigue qualities on the palate. Long finish with spice and garrigue nuances. Lovely. 93+ pts.
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