down to the last wines

I closed out my cellar about a year ago and, as you may have guessed, have been trying to give away or find excuses to drink what remains.  Yesterday was Mike’s birthday so we had a wonderful meal sunday night and with only 2 reds left in my home unit we had to choose from a Pride 1999 Cabernet Franc and a Pride 1999 Merlot.  We chose the Cab Franc.
 
With time (and money 😉 running out, we treated ourselves to grilled tenderloin steaks with gargonzola cheese and sauteed mushrooms (hand picked and dried in Poland :).  This combination paired with the wine was absolutely amazing.  i couldn’t drink the wine slow enough to make it last as long as i would have wanted. Here are a few words from a Parker review on the wine:
 
The terrific, extremely textured 1999 Cabernet Franc boasts a floral and black fruit-scented nose with an underlying mineral/earthiness. The wine is medium to full-bodied with an ethereal sense of lightness. The finish goes on and on. There is plenty of sweet tannin to go along with the copious fruit and extract. Pride Mountain does an amazing job with Cabernet Franc. They somehow achieve superb flavor and aromatic intensity without the weight one would expect from a wine so rich and full. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018.
-Robert Parker 94 points
 
With a maturity period as long as 2018, i guess i had nothing to fear with holding on to it for even longer.  🙂  Still, no sense having monthly expenditures while not having a monthly income.  i tell myself it’s worth it, but after you have a great wine like this, a twinge of uncertainty creeps in. so, what’s left in my ‘cellar’ these days:  1 d’Yquem, 4 ports, 1 Royal Tokaji, and of course the last Pride. 

About Audrey Sniezek

Audrey Sniezek is a rock climbing athlete, climbing coach, computer software/technology enthusiast and occasional enjoys baking, cooking and fine wine.
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