It was a productive but long day on Monday. I rewarded myself with a 30-minute swim before heading out for the evening. I was looking forward to a nice and relaxing dinner with a friend.
We dined on grilled swordfish basted with teriyaki and sesame seeds. The asparagus and mushrooms were seasoned with herbs that I brought from my garden.
I also brought a bottle of I Balzini Cabernet, but he wanted to open a 2012 Pinot Noir CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs from the Sonoma Coast. It was heavenly. The color was deep ruby with a nose full of ripe fruit, anise and spice. The palate offered layers of dark cherry, raspberry, plum, licorice and oak. The texture was velvety with a long finish of lingering licorice, spice and berry. The grapes were hand-harvested from select vineyards across the Sonoma Coast AVA and the wine was aged in 10% new oak for 10 months before bottling. This was a real treat! http://www.crossbarnwinery.com
I have another non-stop day ahead of me.
After a morning of running around and an early afternoon of organizing, I finally regrouped and embraced the day.
I took a little power walk and was rained on by all the falling leaves. It was peaceful and quite calming.
Although I started off with no plans for the evening, (oh no, Saturday night) it all changed in a heartbeat. After receiving a phone call with an impromptu invitation, I happily headed out the door. And just like that, my evening turned into a lovely dinner with a killer bottle of wine.
My dinner date surprised me with a bottle of 2010 Paul Hobbs, Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. I’m no stranger to drinking Paul Hobbs wonderful wines, but this was outstanding. It was a beautiful ruby color with aromas of red fruit and spices. Silky smooth tannins added to the flavor of dark cherry, clove, licorice, chocolate and leather. A long finish rounded out this orgasmic experience! http://www.paulhobbswinery.com
All we could do after finishing the last drop of wine was to sit in front of a fire and moan in ecstasy.
Have a great Sunday!
I was admonished this morning at physical therapy for overworking my wrist while knitting.
How could I possibly make her understand that once I start knitting, I find it impossible to stop! When I have a concept and design in my head, it so exciting to watch it emerge before my very eyes.
So, I went home thinking that I would rest my wrist for the day….but of course…I didn’t. Here is a photo of the Infinity Cowl that I am making. I hope to put another inch or two on it tomorrow and then finish it by Thursday. And, I pray that my wrist will still be intact!
On another note...
I went to a friend’s house for dinner this evening. One of the “stand out” bottles of wine served was a 2010 Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay. My only complaint was that there were too many people to have to share it with! One glass per person was a huge tease!
The perfumed aromas of peach, lemon and honeysuckle were heady. It was creamy with layers of pear, melon and lemon/lime. It was full-bodied and had a wonderful finish.
My quest is to find more bottle of this incredible vintage.