Wine Wednesdays – 2009 Ardèvol Coma d’en Romeu Priorat

One of the highlight meals of the past month was at Delmonico’s in downtown NYC.  The restaurant was founded in 1837 and was the first fine dining restaurant in the country.  Quite a bit of history and tradition are embedded in the walls, I’m sad it’s taken me so long to make it there!
I was prepared to be underwhelmed by another “steakhouse” meal, but I was blown away.  I had to go for the “Delmonico’s steak” – a cut made famous around the world but originating in this restaurant.  It was so tender and delicious, dripping in butter!  Apparently they were the first to serve Eggs Benedict (1860) as well as Baked Alaska (1867)!  Not surprising that the oldest restaurant in the country would be the birthplace of so many firsts!

We enjoyed a bottle of 2009 Ardèvol Priorat.  The Ardèvol family has been growing grapes in the village of Porerra since the 13th century, located about 2 hours southwest of Barcelona.  They practice organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking, allowing the true “terroir” of Priorat shine through.  The Coma d’en Romeu vineyard is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Syrah, Grenache  (Garnacha), and Merlot rounding out the blend.  The wine was aged for 16 months in oak barrels, giving it a hint of savory spice to round out the dark fruit, black cherries and blueberries that command the palate.  It was juicy yet structured, and absolutely delicious with my steak.  What might have been high tannins in 2009 have softened to a very pleasant sip!
Classic Wedge done right

Crab salad

The best steakhouse bacon I’ve ever had, seriously like crack!

The Delmonico steak!

Baked Alaska – from the description I never would have chosen this as a dessert but it was delicious!
Wine:  2009 Ardèvol Coma d’en Romeu Priorat             
Purchased:  Delmonico’s
Price:  $22 retail
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