We are very lucky to live just three blocks away from a great restaurant. Luckier still, every Friday night they invite wine lovers to bring their own wine to dinner without a corkage fee and also offer significant discounts on their wine list. Quattro at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley is very busy during the week with business travelers visiting from all over the world, but come Friday, it is a local wine lover’s scene. Last night Cinnamon and I grabbed a bottle of the 2000 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien ($179.99) and headed over for a great meal.
When we saw that they foie gras torchon on the menu, we had to get it. Foie gras has been contraband in California for several years, but recently they legalized it… And this was the first we had of the newly freed up liver. It was served with brioche and a very inventive powdered form of white truffle that had a striking resemblance to another banned substance, not only in appearance but certainly also in price! The hamachi cruda with wasabi foam came highly recommended by our server Emily, and she was spot on with the advice. These appetizers called for a great wine, so we took advantage of the great Friday Night Uncorked discount and ordered a bottle of the Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne ($46.99 here at K&L) to go with them.
If you haven’t tried the Roederer lately, you should. I feel this is the very best non-vintage from a big house, and this particular bottle made me feel like I was there in the region with its powerful Pinot personality and its vibrant, chalky back end cut. This wine had the delicacy and finesse to bring out the best in the hamachi, yet plenty of power to cut the decadent foie gras. We were off to a good start!
For the main course, Cinnamon got the richer than rich carbonara, which had an unbroken egg yolk that she mixed in herself… This stuff sure was decadent! Like a broken record, I ordered the 160z, bone in, Piemontese ribeye, which never fails to deliver. It was Friday night, and I love my steak and claret!!! The Barton, which had been sitting in the decanter for about an hour at this point, was beautifully open and aromatic, with fantastic leather and earthy components on its Cabernet driven, currant loaded nose. In the mouth it was as rich and full as one would expect from a big deal wine from a big deal vintage, with more dark fruit and high class earth. The finish was long, lifted and fresh… The 750ml bottle seemed small, even though it was just the two of us. It is, after all, just a short walk home!