Waltham is a town in the suburbs of Boston, near where Cara's mother lives. Its high street has both Dollar Shops and little boutiques. Its eateries include both inexpensive Cuban diners and hip new restaurants. Red Bird is one such place with its chic decor and unfussy new American dishes. The menu could have been guessed at well ahead of time: beet salad, Brussels, hangar steak. The chicken entree included a spiced apple bread pudding. Tasty but would have been more so served later in the meal with some Creme Anglais. Quantities were enormous.
Decent Massachusetts restaurants often have a common shortcoming: their wine list. Made worse by the illegality of corkage. The options were limited to around ten reds. A Chianti I've never heard of. A Bulgheri wine I've never heard of. A couple of Californian wines I've never heard of. And then there was a Damilano Barolo for $150. No thank you.
With some under the table research on Delectable and Vinous I chose this Oregon Pinot Noir from Averaen. Ripe red cherries but with nice freshness. Sustains well and gained complexity with air. (On an aside, I asked for the bottle to be cooled a little and it made the world of difference.) "Bottled by Banshee" on the label boded well as I'm a fan of what this Sonoma producer is doing, especially for the price. — 4 years ago
Definitely bold and fresh. A raspberry, cherry and red currant. Definitely fruity. With sweet vanilla and pepper (finish). — 17 days ago
Orange bitters, acetone, and crushed flowers on the nose. Slightly headier in the alcohol scent, esp after a day, than the ABV suggests. Sidenote: the color and light garnet shine is almost identical to the Damilano Nebbiolo we had 2 days ago. Candied orange, cherry stem, touch of oak and bark on the palate. Lots of body and decent finesse, and more nuanced than a lot of peer Pinots. Terrific at $24 club pricing. — 3 years ago
171123. At Miki-san’s home. — 4 years ago
Light grapefruit with slight mineral on the tail. Very nice — 6 years ago