November 10, 2010

Wine Dinner Featuring Robert Kacher at Havana South

Robert Kacher Wine Dinner

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Havana South

50 Wharf Street


Reservations are required.
(207) 772-9988

No ifs, ands or buts.....a good, no a GREAT, importer is key to finding good and great wines you have never tried before.....especially wines at great prices! Bobby Kacher is one of the best importers in the business.

Bobby will be coming to Maine for one special evening at Havana South. In the wine world, he's an icon.

"The strip label indicating a bottle of wine is a Robert Kacher Selection has become as close to a guarantee of high quality as consumers are likely to find."

-Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

The bulk of the wines in Bobby's portfolio are made from grapes that are farmed organically.

The Dinner

amuse/hodo--citrus cured Scottish salmon w/ a chili spiced raspberry coulis and crème fraiche

1st course--Pan roasted scallops w/ a celery root and local apple slaw and an avocado cream

2nd course--Moqueca "Light" - Our traditional Brazilian moqueca hold the dende oil....Moqueca is a traditional Brazilian seafood stew.

3rd course--Cinnamon spiced braised Colorado lamb shank with organic maple glazed carrots

4th course--Red wine marinated (with orange, red onion, garlic and a hint of chili) hanger steak with herbed local Yukon gold potato gnocchi

Dessert course--Chocolate Trio

The Wines

Wines listed below (this has all the wines listed unlike last week's note).

The Sparkling:

Betrand Ambrosie Crémant de Bourgogne NV (Burgundy) $27.99 - This wine estate dates to the late 1700's. It's just north of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Family-owned and family-worked. 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (it's a white wine). Hand-harvested grapes. Methode Champenoise. This is an elegant, tasty wine with citrus and floral aromas. It is round and smooth in the mouth with a long, clean, refreshing finish. Food pairing - great as a cocktail wine. This will also pair up nicely with a red berry dessert.

The Whites:

Manciat St. Veran 2008 (Burgundy) $19.99 - Claude Manciat has long been recognized as one of the best winemakers in the Maconnais. Saint Veran is in the heart of the Macon and is very close to the appellation of Pouilly-Fuisse. The vines for this wine average 47 years. Because of the age of the vines, the yield is about 35% lower than allowed in Saint Veran, so Manciat gets great intensity of fruit (fewer grapes equals better grapes). Hand-harvested, which is rare in this region today. Aged in stainless steel and oak casks that range from new to 3rd usage. Aromas and flavors of pears and apples. Nice minerality. Spicy, creamy finish. Bobby Kacher has imported Claude and Simone's wines for over 25 years!

The Rosé:

Grand Cassagne Rosé 2009 $11.99 - Delicious, dry rosé from Costières de Nîmes in Southern France. This is bright, fresh and refreshing and loaded with red fruit aromas and flavors. Dry and crisp. Blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre.

The Reds:

André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 (Rhône) $42.99 - Brunel is the renowned producer of the famed Les Cailloux wines. This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. 75% of the fruit is destemmed. The Grenache is aged in large oak casks and stainless steel. The Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in small 228-liter (300 bottle) barrels that are used once or, this isn't oaky. This is ripe and loaded with cherry and blackberry fruit that is balanced with earth and baking spices. This is soft and supple and delicious.

Château d'Or et de Gueules Cimel "Only Girls" Syrah 2008 (Costières-de-Nîmes) $14.99 - Diane de Puymorin purchased the Domaine de la Petite Cassagne in 1998. She renamed the property after her family crest......d'Or (gold) et Gueules (red, in ancient French). This property is on the south/southeastern slopes of the Costières-de-Nîmes. The soil is rocky - the Rhône River deposited these rocks here centuries ago. "Only Girls" has the names of her daughters on the label - Chloé, Barbara, Charlotte, Clémence and Lucie. This is ripe and round and has rich tannins. A wine for meat!

The Dessert Wine:

Mas Lavail "Maury" Grenache 2007 (Languedoc) $23.99 - Nicolas Batlle (pronounced "buy") is a 5th generation winemaker and a young rockstar in Southern France! Along with his cousin, Lionel Lavail, he has created a fantastic new property. The vines are at least 80 years old. The soil is black schist (crappy soil for most things means good soil for great grapes!). Maury is a little town between the mountains of the Pyrenées and Corbières. This is a Catalan part of France. This wine oozes red fruit and cocoa and chocolate and more. This is akin to a Ruby Port. 100% Grenache Noir. Serve slightly chiiled....mid-50's. Food pairing - duck with cranberry sauce. Blue cheese. Chocolate desserts. Fruit desserts.


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