Once we put away that amazing d’Issan bordeaux, the three of us turned our attention to this Hanzell Pinot Noir and our entres. Of course we had a couple filets on the table, and a New York Strip graced the plate of my pal–who also brought this tasty gem for our consumption. The steaks–to the usual impeccable standards of Morton’s–were perfectly cooked and a great backdrop for this berry-tinged treat. We did some family style brussell sprouts and creamed corn too as part of a heart-unhealthy dinner.
The pinot was a part of our dinner courtesy of Hanzell, a Sonoma County vineyard from our favorite region in California. Here a few of the winemaker’s notes:
“Blackberry, strawberry compote, and blueberry pie give this vintage a very prominent fruit character, but there is the darkness of tea leaf, humid forest, and a feral quality, like the fur of an animal or the nape of a neck. Clove and cardamom are warm spice notes that give the impression of sweetness to balance the firm presence of ripe tannins.”
Great accompaniment for the great steaks.