Typically, when the weekend comes around, Mrs. CKDH & I tend to open a bottle of wine (or perhaps two or six bottles, depending on which folks we happen to be drinking with). Since last weekend was a particularly celebratory one filled special occasions with family, friends, and lots of yummy cuts of USDA prime beef, I went into the celler and pulled out a couple of Cabs that had been laying down for a little while. I’ve been asked a couple of times by the wonderful folks with whom we dined to remind them what we drank — my apologies for the week-long delay:
- 1995 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, right before the U2 concert at Angel Stadium, coinciding with the wedding anniversary of me & Mrs. CKDH: Once it opened up a little, still lots of great fruit on the nose; on the palate, nice and complex, though the tannins were quite a bit softer compared to how I remember the last bottle of ’95 we opened last year. Smooth and long lasting finish. The prime rib and steaks that we ordered at Prime Cut were decent, but undistinguished; what can you expect from a place where burgers take up almost as much room on the menu as the steaks; still, we weren’t expecting anything much more than we got.
- 2001 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Father’s Day dinner at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse: First bottle of ’01 Groth that we’ve opened. Quite big, even after all this time, but not overpowering. Complex and a bit spicy, drank very well on its own, paired exceptionally well with the dry-aged New York that is the specialty of the house whether I took the bite plain or with some Maytag blue cheese sauce, and even complimented the bread pudding we had for dessert. Yummy. Very yummy. So glad I’ve got more bottles left.