I've been blessed to receive many bottles of wine as gifts over the years, and a large number have come from Dave R. and his collection amassed during his military service.
He was once again kind enough to pass along yet another delicious French wine, in this case the 2005 Château d'Escurac Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc AOC of Bordeaux. It's about ⅔ Merlot and ⅓ Cabernet Sauvignon. 14% abv. Leather and tobacco, with a touch of smoke and earth. Deep cherry flavors and a wonderful cherry finish that lasts for minutes afterward.
I fixed this with thick grass-fed ribeyes, topped with sautéed portobello mushrooms enhanced with a splash of the wine and a few spoonfuls of drippings from the ribeyes. A little side of roasted acorn squash, and we were in business for a hearty meal.
A good bottle of wine always makes me thoughtful, and this was one that was perfect for lingering conversation after dinner.