Anniversary Dinner

The Anvil Club, East Dundee, IL

Tasted April 26, 2013 by AllRed with 166 views

Introduction

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)

Light grazing:
Antipasto platter featuring assorted cheeses and charcuterie including a terrific wild boar salami.
Seasonal vegetables and dip.
Eggplant caviar & crisps.
Provençal olives.

Amuse Bouche trio:
Gravlax, capers, creme fraiche & dill.
Bloody Mary gelee.
Asian style tartare with potato crisps.

Appetizer:
Foie gras & apricot terrine with endive salad.

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.

Dessert:
White chocolate & blood orange cake.

White - Sparkling
2008 Domaine Carneros Brut USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
88 points
Pale color. Mineral, clay and green apple qualities on the nose & palate. Crisp acidity. Short mousse, medium-coarse bead.
White - Sparkling
2008 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut USA, California
91 points
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.
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White
2008 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
93 points
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+.
White
2008 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Savennières
89 points
Pale yellow color. Melon, chalk, mineral and white fruit notes. Palate follows the bouquet; good underlying acidity. Paired very well with the gravlax.
White
2008 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
94 points
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.
White
2008 Sine Qua Non Kolibri USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
91 points
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.
White
2008 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fumé de Pouilly France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
91 points
Pale color. Green apple, white fruit and flroal notes follow through on the palate. Bracing acidity; mineral and stone qualities as well.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Hungary, Tokaji
93 points
Notes of honey, apricot, pear and maple syrup aromas. Rich texture. Apricot, honey and baked pineapple flavors with a long finish and good underlying acidity. Paired very well with a foie gras & apricot terrine.
Red
2008 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, 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.
Red
2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
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.
Red
2008 Continuum Proprietary Red USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
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.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2008 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
93 points
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.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Sine Qua Non Roussanne Jinete Bajo Vin de Paille USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
94 points
Deep color with notes of honey and apricot. Rich, unctuous texture with baked apricot, honey and tropical fruit flavors. Sauteed pineapple finish. Long finish.
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Red
2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
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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Red
2008 Le Clementin du Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
Dark fruit & tar notes on the nose & palate. Touch of vanilla and roasted herbs as well. Medium(-) finish.
Red
2008 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages USA, California, Sonoma County
Black currants, vanilla, red fruit and maybe even a hint of dill. Firm tannins; dark fruit with a slight astringency.
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Red
2008 Inman Family Pinot Noir Thorn Ridge Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Opened by M/M thelostverse. Notes of cherry, black raspberry and cola. Medium-bodied, with dark fruit, berry, cola and baking spice flavors. Finishes very well.
Red
2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Non Estate) Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
Somehow I missed tasting this one I think.