Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#AbacusDallas 2 #RoundPond Buehler Vineyards #Darioushwinery

Abacus Restaurant in Dallas is a wonderful place to dine on contemporary global cuisine or unwind at The Bar. Chef Rathbun's talent in the restaurant business is known world-wide which makes Abacus or any of his other restaurants a desired reservation for any and all occasions. I love their lobster-scallion shooters as an appetizer while waiting to be seated. 

We ate there one evening this summer and I'll share with you the wines we had. The first was a Round Pond Estate 2012 Rutherford-Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($24). "The hallmark white peach is accompanied by apricot, citrus zest and a confectionery meringue. The palate is very persistent, dominated by a fresh and bright entry, with a great acid pop that lingers with the taster for over a minute. Flavors of honeydew melon, lemon grass, and kiwi play well together to finish off this wine." 

Also pictured is a 2011 Buehler Vineyards Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley ($16). "The  Russian River Chardonnay displays abundant floral/ stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities.  The mouthfeel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish."

Both of these wines are amazing.

Don had a glass of 2011 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon which I cannot find on the internet anywhere, even on their website. I uploaded a pic of a similar bottle. This wine is outstanding and is very expensive by the bottle (well I think it is)! 

Some of their wines are $95 and some are $225. You form your own opinion. But it's excellent! We drive by the estate all the time when we are in Sonoma, but Don says he's been there. He prefers small wineries and I don't blame him. I've come to appreciate the same thing. A little known winery can really surprise you. It's like finding a diamond in the rough!