Back in March of this year Moxie and I went to a charity event where we bid on several interesting items in the silent auction. One of our winning bids was a Chef’s Table dinner for 8 at Seasons 52 in McLean, Virginia. We invited some good friends to join us and drove like lemmings to where the GPS took us. Not until then did we realize that the restaurant was in the mall, of all places. Not sure what we had gotten ourselves into, we traipsed into the bustling shopping center, all dressed up in our Saturday evening gear. Once we reached the restaurant it all became clear. Our table was well inside the restaurant, away from the madding crowd, secluded and curtained off from peering eyes. We were introduced to several chefs and given a rundown of what to expect. With each course, the chef in charge would come out and give us a brief outline of the dish. The beauty of the whole thing was not having to worry about ordering. Every plate, morsel and combination was delicious, fresh, unique and enjoyed by all. Our waiter was great and helped make a few of the wine selections. Sauvignon Blanc for some, Cabernet for others. The dinner lasted well over 2 hours, the balance of the plates with the wine and friendship was amazing and well worth the money and the wait. We will no doubt be back for another Saturday evening soiree.
The first bottle we ordered was this Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch. It was magnificent. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 4% Petit Verdot make this a Left Bank clone if ever I saw one. My style of vino without a doubt. My notes had to be discrete as Moxie kept nudging me when I had my phone out…. Short smooth black and blue fruit nose from a dark purple glass. Bordeaux-like with plums, cola, cassis, herbs and smooth tannins with mild acidity. I gave it 92 points with a drinking window of 2014-2020. WS gave it 91, close enough. I found it online for about $50 making it a 3 star wine technically but I’m gonna give it 4 because it hit on all cylinders for me. If you see it on a wine list, don’t be shy to order this well integrated beauty. Salut….