Event - Celebration - CHRISTmas - 2021 (Wine Vault & Bistro, San Diego, CA)

Tasted December 24, 2021 - December 25, 2021 by Wine Gent with 30 views


3 course meal. $53 / person. 3 oz pour for each libation. Take out - ate meal at home.

Flight 1 - Course 1 (1 note)

1. Persimmon salad - Radicchio | Walnuts | Spinach | Pomegranates
2. Cioppino (fisherman’s stew) - Tomatoes with fennel, basil, oregano | Mussels | Shrimp | Scallops | Crab cooked in white wine

2018 Amici Cellars Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Pairing made it good, only average otherwise - see tasting stories for pairings - went well with course pairings and Couscous Salad.

Bouquet medium intensity, butter, lemon, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, honeysuckle.

Taste low/med intensity, sweet, pear, peach, apricot, honeysuckle, honey, caramel, vanilla, oak; smooth moderate finish.

$23 / bottle - did not buy.
Wine Advocate: 90.

Flight 2 - Course 2 (1 note)

1. Truffled game hen
2. Wild rice & Mushroom Pilaf

2017 Jaffurs Pinot Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
84 points
Pairing made it average, below average otherwise - see tasting stories for pairings - went OK (not well) with course pairings.

No comparison to Burgundian wines, or decent US Pinot wines. Would not buy!

Bouquet faint intensity, berry, black currant, apple, leather, cinnamon, clove, minor black pepper.

Taste low intensity, light watery body, fruity sweet like cherry soda pop (not in good way), cherry, plum, violet, earth; short not notable finish.

$35/ bottle - did not buy - way overpriced! Many much better Pinots are available.

Flight 3 - Course 3 (1 note)

1. Rack of Lamb [BEST lamb we ever had!] - marinated in traditional spices, pan seared, baked in oven.
2. Potatoes Au Gratin - classic Julia Child recipe.
3. Greek Couscous Salad

2018 Trefethen Dragon's Tooth USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
92 points
Wow! Very good alone and with pairings - see tasting stories for pairings - went well with all course pairings.

Bouquet faint intensity, raisin, leather, clove.

Taste high intensity, full bodied, black currant, raisin, bacon, leather, cinnamon, vanilla; smooth moderate finish.

49% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot, 24% Cab Sauvignon.

$47/ bottle - over priced - did not buy. Would buy at $30 to $35.
Jeb Dunnick: 92
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