Crú – Sometimes you just want Wine and Cheese for Dinner

Since we had a super late – and carb-festing – breakfast/lunch/brunch at Snooze Sunday [um, 3pm?] we decided to take it easy on dinner and just grab a few snackies…. so whereelse but a nice little wine bar?

We headed back to Larimer Sq. – right across the street from Rioja – for  Crú [a wine bar]

We had 9pm reservations… but got there about 10 minutes beforehand…. the kitchen was just about to close so we quickly ordered over indulgence of delicious cheeses as our dinner :] They were a little slow at first for taking our orders but as soon as we finally got their attention they were a lot more attentive.

Chef’s Pick Cheese Flight

  • Cashel Blue – Made from pasteurized whole miklk from Friesian cows, this mellow blue flavor doesn’t overpower.
  • Testun Ciuc – “Drunken” a unique cheese from Piedmont, this cheese is aged inside a Barolo wine cask.  It’s bold, tangy and slightly grape-y.
  • Pecorino Brillo – Aged for 4 months then washed and placed in pitchers of Tuscan wine for an additional month.
  • Robiola – An Italian cow’s milk cheese, soft ripened, mild, buttery, with sweet hints of mushroom [we added this one from the Sinful Experience Cheese Flight]

The Testun Ciuc was the favorite of the night. It had a delicious liquor, almost rum tasting sweetness to it. And with the Penfolds Syrah it really brought out all the nuttiness of the cheese. I need a block of this in my fridge at all times. kThanx.

The Cashel Blue tasted great with the Arowood Syrah [really cut the pungent-ness of it]… loved the spicy wine with it.

Classic Cheese Flight

  • Neal’s Yard Dairy Colston Basset Stilton – English, aged up to 15 weeks.  Mellow yet tangy & creamy.
  • Crave Brothers Petit Frere – Similar to a Camembert in style.  This cheese is pungent and multi-layered in flavor.  Made with farm fresh cow’s milk.  A connoisseur’s cheese if there ever was one.
  • Manchego – Spanish, zesty & exuberant sheep’s ilk, firm & dry.

I absolutely LOOOVED the Petit Frere and the Manchego. Nibble nibble nibble. I was gnawing on the Petit Frere for the rest of the night :] The Petit was also really good with the Penfolds Syrah… and the Manchego was amazing with the Saracina Vineyards Syrah!!!


Delicious Breads and Flatbreads for our cheeses… we pretty much ate ALL of this… omg what a carb fest ;D


Our cute little mini cleavers that came with our cheese plates.


3 Cheese Fondue with White Truffle Oil
Apple, Pear, Carrot, Green Bean & Rustic Bread

DELICIOUS. It was a little bit thinner at first but as it slowly cooked down it got thicker and more and more flavorful. I ended up eating the crust of the brown grains bread with the fondue. Delicious. Loved the green beans and carrots on the side. We ended up dipping the grapes in as well. YUM!


Fried Brie
Honey & Black Peppercorns

It was a little too strong of a brie for me but I loved the sweetness and the surprise of the peppercorns with it.  It would’ve been better with less brie in the middle.

— our wine flights —

Sexy Reds Flight

This seductive flight celebrates smooth texture, voluptuous mouth feel and flavors that only complex wines can deliver.

  • Santino Fiddletown Zinfandel, Amador Country, California 2004 – Deep ruby color, raspberry, cedar and licorice aromas followed by powerful, tannic and ripe blackberry, black cherry, vanilla and wood flavors.
  • Orin Swift “The Prisoner”, California 2008 – Offers both style and structure, with lively aromas of black raspberry, cracked pepper and mocha that lead to plush, layered flavors of wild berry, fresh sage and licorice.  Ripe tannins sneak in on the finish.
  • T-Vine Merlot Napa, California 2006 – A Merlot to change the way you think about Merlot.  Black cherry and red raspberry; brown sugar and cinnamon with a ripe, lasting finish.

Syrah Seduction Flight

This exciting flight celebrates the craftsmanship of these amazing winemakers.  These select wines express the terrior and fruit that is striven for in winemaking.  Look for aromas of smoke, pepper, spice and herb, with flavors of black fruit.

  • Penfolds “Bin 2”, South Australia 2007 – Solid, straightforward stuff, offering some nice plum and spice flavors that fade slowly.
  • Arrowood, Russian River, California 2007 – The nose is bold, exotic and packed with ripe plums and white pepper.  The flavors are intense, ripe and well structured with beautifully balanced tannins.  It is deep, firm, spicy and complex.
  • Saracina Vineyards, Mendocino, California 2005 – The saturated purple/black color of our 2005 Syrah is a giveaway that this is serious wine.  The nose shows intense blue and black fruits with smoke, bacon and dried herb notes.  On the palate the wine shows, impressive richness and depth, oak is well integrated and tannins are supple.

Latin Affair Flight

South America and Spain are two of the leading countries with value driven wines made with exceptional quality, power, and finesse.

  • Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain 2007 – This polished red shows black cherry, licorice, mineral and tobacco notes, harmonious and deep, supported by firm tannins.  Medium-bodied, well-integrated and stylish.
  • BenMarco Malbed, Mendoza, Argentina 2008 – Very juicy, with fresh-cut plum and fig fruit flavors laced with violet, graphite and high-toned spice notes.  Long, racy finish. – 91 WIne Spectator
  • Figuero Tempranillo, Ribero del Duero, Spain 2006 – This jammy red is loaded with sweet blackberry fruit and vanilla flavors.  The plush texture is bakced by lively acidity and ripe tannins.  Exuberant, in the modern style.

Pinot Envy Flight

Pinot Noir has always been a sleek, sexy, and versatile varietal, and nowhere is this more evident than in California.  Look for aromas of dark cherry, cranberry and raspberry that are highlighted by nuances of oak, earth and smoke.

  • Opawa, Marlborough, New Zealand 2007 – Enticing, with fragrant sandalwood, spice and bright berry notes.  Minerals, sweet oak and deft tannins highlight the nuanced finish.
  • Michel Picard “Close Paradis” 1er Cru, Mercurey, France 2005 – Elegant wine combining finesse and persistence with intense and complex bouquet vanilla and red fruit jam aromas.
  • Domaine Serene “Yamhill Cuvee”, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2007 – Supple, ripe and generous with its plum, blueberry and creme brulee flavors, nicely draped with refined tannins, which persist on the focused finish. – 90 The Wine Advocate

Exotic Italian Flight

With over 1500 indigenous grape varietals Italy produces many versatile styles of wine coming from hot, cool, and moderate climates.

Alois Lageder Lagrein, Alto Adige 2006 – Rich, quite pronounced, spicy aroma with a chocolate character, floral impressions(violets), red fruit and prunes.  Soft, smooth fruit full bodied with a bit of an earthy finish.
Cantine Barbera Nero d’Aola, Sicily 2008 –

I loved the Penfolds Syrah so much I got an extra full glass :]

 


Me nibbling on one of my favorite cheese of the night — Petit Frere

— Drunk Faces —This place was really fun and the staff was great. They’re open til really late [Sunday nite it was supposed to be open til around 2ish… or basically when it clears out] Just wish that there were more nibbles to be had past 9pm.

GO GO GO. We’re probably gonna head over to Caveau Wine Bar to check out  another great Denver Wine Bar… I’ll let you guys know which place I like better.

Comments

  1. so fun!!

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  2. Testun Ciuc was definately the cheese of the night. It just felt so good in my mouth.

    Like

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