Grouse Mountain Grill holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, and I availed myself of several bottles when I dined there. One was the previously posted Saxum 2008 James Berry Vineyard, which was in fact the second of the three wines; the first was La Cana 2009 Albarino.
Pale golden in color, it displayed a nose of honey, floral, grapefruit, and a slight mineral, almost metallic, tang to it. It had a tingly acidity and a light body. Flavor-wise, citrus dominated, with grapefruit as well as lemon peel showing up. That lemon peel note lingered on the finish.
Albarino is one of my go-to whites when serving a crowd - I have yet to find anyone that didn’t like it. It is impeccably balanced across all dimensions and lends itself well to both new wine drinkers and old ones alike.
I enjoyed the bottle with the bread course and a spring greens salad, which had fried goat cheese beignets in it. It was truly an amazing combination, bringing out the savory sweetness of the goat cheese, cleansing the palate while at the same time insisting there was more to come.
Books: Nearing the end of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
Bottles: Nothing since returning from Colorado.
Writing: Have a meeting tomorrow to discuss my first draft of Into the Shining Sun with friends. Starting on second draft on Monday.
Guitar: Just got back yesterday night, so plenty of time to practice in the coming week.