Moving on, wine-wise, there was the 2008 Main Street Chardonnay (Los Alamos Vineyard) from Santa Barbara; funny story here: somebody poured the dessert wine instead of the dry white, so we all got a sneak peak of the delicious sweetie to be served later on. Once rectified, the Chardonnay proved to be loaded with toasted vanilla notes and baked apple and pear fruit, a very nice Chardonnay for the price ($17.95). The wine sees 6 months of French oak and goes through partial malolactic fermentation to soften its acid edge (***½).
Next came the cheese tray paired with a Napa Cellars 2007 Zinfandel. This grape is a California favourite of mine, but not much is made in the Napa Valley, that land is far too valuable for the lowly/inexpensive Zinfandel grape and is thus used for more high priced varietals like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, so this wine is a rarity for the area. Plums, spice, raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon make up the flavour profile, quite a nice little sip – but you’ve gotta like Zin – though I’m not sure how you couldn’t. (****)
Another delicious dinner at Bb33.