Back in October, I wrote about how much we enjoyed a tasting at Vino Bello by Windy Point Vineyards. In fact, we liked Windy Point’s 2004 !Exclamation Point! so much that we took a bottle home with us.
Last night, we opened the bottle — a screw cap closer that holds fruit and maintains freshness more effectively than natural and synthetic corks — to have with dinner. And the blend of 60% Cab Franc and 40% Merlot was as rich as I remembered. Windy Point recommends that it be paired with Pave of Beef Sirloin served with roasted vegetables in a puff pastry shell, accompanied by parsnip and potato puree topped with a savory beef wine sauce.
No, that’s not what we had for dinner. But if you’re interested in the wine and the recipe, visit Windy Point’s Web site for details. We will definitely be looking for another bottle of 2004 !Exclamation Point! (The Web site says it is sold out, but the 2005 vintage will be released soon.)