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Herbfarm with Brandon & Corrie

Tasted June 11, 2005 by lorenzo with 749 views

Flight 1 (6 notes)

White - Sparkling
1999 Argyle Vintage Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Paddlefish Caviar on Crisp Salmon Skin - Westcott Bay Mussels on Sea Beans - Spot Prawn in Lemon Verbena Consomme.
Very nice Pear, Melon and citrus flavors. Very lightly carbonated, and I thought the pairing could have used a bit more bubbles and acidity to cleanse and refresh in preparation for the very different flavors of this course.
This is a sparkler that I think would shine brighter in a different setting. Enjoyable.
2004 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
90 points
Paired with a Dungeness Crab Flan w/ Shaved King Boletes and Fava Beans.
Aromatics of Orange - Pinapple and some wet slate.
Very intersting palate.
Nice mouth feel - lemon, some tropical fruits. Ron said "LemonLime Gatorade," and there is an aspect of that lingering here.
Finish was not as long as expected. Nice Pairing
2004 Hamacher Pinot Noir Rosé USA, Oregon
86 points
Paired with Copper River Sockeye Salmon w/ spring peas, fennel, radishes, borage, chevril, mint. Unique preparation on the Salmon - it was low roasted in a good deal of flavored olive oil. Texture was almost like smoked salmon, but there were no smokey elements present.
Wine was as brightly salmon colored as the salmon itself. Nice crisp acidity that cut the salmon's natural and added (evoo) high oil content.
2001 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Lavender Smoked Duck Breast, with lavender - cherry sauce fiddleheads, walla walla onion pudding.
Not very revealing on the nose - Feminine.
Elegant and refined -- the Red Cherry flavors in the wine doing their very best to stand up with the fresh bing cherries and cherry drizzle that accompanied the Duck. I think this was too tough a pairing for the Evenstad -- the Martinelli did a better job of matching the rich flavors of the Duck. Program listed this as the '02 Evenstad -- but the Sommelier assured us it was the '01. Decanted apparently for 4-5 hours. The air may have robbed this of vibrancy and fruit it needed to take on the dish. Much easier inbetween courses to enjoy the style and finesse of this wine.
2002 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Lavender Smoked Duck Breast, with lavender - cherry sauce fiddleheads, walla walla onion pudding.
More concentrated than the Evenstad, featuring darker, riper Cherries. Plums and Blackberries also joing the chorus and this has a real interesting creamy mouthfeel. The WallaWalla onion pudding was very rich and sweet and needed a wine that could Stand up to the concentrated flavors. This worked very well with both the Duck and the Lamb (times 3) that followed.
2000 McCrea Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain
87 points
Anderson Rach Lamb 3 ways - Herb Crusted Loin on Morel Farro Risotto - Braised Shank on Spiced Carrot-Leek Ragout - Oil Roasted tenderloin on Wilted Spinach.
This wine was kicking off nice DarkFruit but the notable presence of alcohol as well. Palate was delivering the sweet dark fruits found in the nose, but the midpalate, unfortunately, gave rise to some heat that followed through to the finish. Sommelier said this was decanted for 4+ hours. Lost some points on the finish. I preferred the '02 Martinelli Zio PN with this course as well.


We sipped a 1916 Barbeito Malvaizia Madeira after a Dessert of Cocoa Bean Panna Cotta with Local Strawberries, Strawberry Rose Geranium Ice cream cone, and Strawberry Angelica Shortcake. We sat by the fire sipping an unidentified Muscatel to close a wonderful evening.

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