2005 PURPLE MOUNTAIN CHARDONNAY AND VIEUX CARRE





Monday, 10/8, Columbus Day, Little Rock, AR
Columbus Day, no work and the kids are in school. How often does that happen? Never! After spending an hour this morning doing a little geocaching, I came home and #1 and I got ready for a little lunch and shopping. Having a birthday a few days back, she's been trying to coral me and make me go by some clothes. I've always said she looks at me as her grown-up Ken doll. Things are starting to slow a little around here with Fall baseball done and soccer and football only three weeks or so from finishing up as well. Haven't had any "new" wine as of late hence the lack of posts. Today I had a chance to try a new chardonnay and try out a restaurant that we had been wanting to give a shot. #1 and I headed to the Hillcrest area of Little Rock today and gave Vieux Carre a try. This restaurant is modeled after some found in New Orleans and opened in 2006. I didn't notice a lot of the items I've seen in restaurants in my past trips to New Orleans but they did have a couple that we ended up ordering. We started with crawfish tails that were battered in some type of floured breading and served with a remoulade sauce. Every bite was incredible and I wanted to drink the sauce straight. After settling on a London Broil sandwich #1 talked me into ordering the Crab Cake sandwich instead. Thank you, thank you #1! This was undoubtedly the best Crab Cake sandwich I've ever had. It should be named something else because it is basically a bun filled with deliciously seasoned crab mixed with a little onion and topped with the aforementioned remoulade sauce. I savored every particle that entered my mouth and hated to see the last bite appear on my plate. I will be back for more David Bennett! Of course I had to order wine to wash all this wonderful food down and chose a Purple Mountain Chardonnay. A blend of grapes from all over Sonoma, it had a nice blend of spices, just the right amount of oak and just a little dryness on the finish that you don't normally find in a California chardonnay. I gave it 3 Corkscrews based on value and taste. Not my favorite ever, maybe a little too dry, but good none-the-less. If ever in the Rock check out Vieux Carre! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often & Drink Wine!

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