November 2014, the weekend after my birthday, Don and I enjoyed a fabulous time seeing his Albuquerque family and new grandson, and a couple of days in Santa Fe.
We spent some time in the town square, visited with a man and his wife that Don knew from UNM, shopped a bit and of course ate fabulous foods. While dining at the Inn of the Anasazi in the square, we split a local Wagyu beef burger and frites along with a 2012 Hess Chardonnay ($20) from Monterey, California.
Besides dining at the Four Seasons, one evening we chose The Compound on Canyon Road, a very familiar road if you love art.
Don and I chose two half bottles of wine, one red and one white to satisfy both our palates. The first bottle we had was a
2011 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($21 half bottle) from Napa Valley. This Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation, preserving its natural acidity. It has a fresh citrus and juicy peach flavor rounded out with rich warm vanilla.
The second wine we ordered was a
2008 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($40 half bottle) from Napa Valley. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and chocolate layered with floral notes and an array of spices-clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and vanilla. The wine delivers mixes of black and red-fruit-berries, plums and cranberries. Silky tannins, an elongated finish of chocolate and spice. It needs to decant for an hour in its youth. This wine was delicious.
Santa Fe is so romantic, especially in the hills outside of the town at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. The smell of pinion wood burning, the crisp cold air with snow falling, the full moon and the stars shining brightly with a glass of wine is perfect for those searching for oneness with each other.