We started the evening with the 09 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry, dark cherry, ripe plum with a slight oak finish. Wonderful aroma and flavor. When pairing the chocolates I started with the 72% cocoa and worked my way down to 55%. The darker sample to me was too bitter and the lower end drowned out the fruit. 61% was my favorite chocolate which showcased the cherry and plum in the cab.
Next up the Knotty Vines Zinfandel. Jammy raspberry with hints of blackberry and peppery/spice finish. Big ripe fruit on the nose yet soft in the mouth. Favorite chocolate was the 55%. Complimented the raspberry perfectly while softening the pepper and spice notes. One of my favorite Zins and wines of the evening.
The final wine A True Gentleman's Port. Both elegant and rich with a combination of red/dark fruit. Raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, plum followed by golden sweet raisin. If you're a fan of port this one also has some nice heat which warms you right up. Pairing with the chocolate the 72% magnified the warmth of the port where the 55% I thought brought out the sweetness. The 61% was perfect and allowed you to taste the layers of fruit, sweetness and heat in combination with the chocolate. Picture yourself sipping this beauty by a raging fire and maybe a nice cigar.
Always special to sip/taste Rodney Strong Vineyards wines. A big thank you to Robert Larsen of RSVineyards, Cailyn McCauley and Joel Quigley of Creative Furnace/TasteLive. You guys spoil me with your selections. If your attending the 2012 Wine and Chocolate Fantasy Feb 4th I would love to hear how you enjoyed the wine and chocolate pairings. Visit the winery website by clicking here Rodney Strong Vineyards to learn more about their portfolio of wines.