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Valentine's Day Special

February 16, 2018 - Norman Bentley

For Valentine's Day we decided to have dinner at the best restaurant in town, our house! Our choice for the evening was Surf and Turf, and to make things extra special we combined Fillet Mignon, Lobster and King Crab. For such a special dinner we opened both a red and a white, using a bottle of 2014 Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot to pair with the thick medium rare steak. We trotted out a bottle of Chardonnay we had been saving, to accompany the broiled shell fish. We chose the 2013 Simi Russian River Reserve Chardonnay, which we knew from past vintages, would be perfect with our Lobster and King Crab.

The Frei Brothers Merlot is rich and full, showcasing flavors of blackberry and cherry with a hint of vanilla. The finish has a little bit of tannin and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Norm's score is 88.

The Simi Chardonnay has a fragrant bouquet of ripe fruit and citrus which open into succulent flavors of tart apple and sweet melon, with a little pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean with a little citrus breeze toward the end. Norm's score is 90.

The dinner was quite a hit with a flavor spectrum covering quite a range. Coupling the food with two different wines was like having two separate dinners in one!


score: 90

price: $23 - $26

Frei Brothers:

score 88

price: $15 - $17

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