RDV in Embarcadero quarters tonight. We were excited to try Amelie, this French-staffed joint, but we were disappointed by a bunch of details.
We got our tastings in small and clunky table glasses, certainly not made for tasting, which made it very hard to swirl the wine in order to allow it to breathe.
And let’s be fair: the food was good. We had 3 different cheeses with warm bread. Seems like Amelie couldn’t get it right though: 1 of the 3 cheeses was not the one we ordered.
Chard. Baileyana, Edna Valley, 2007 (white)
- waterish, too light, without personality
Amelie, Malbec, Beaucanon Estate, Napa Valley, 2005 (red)
- pepper, hot chili, grapes, alcohol
- lacks the roundness you would expect for a Malbec of this age
Cab. Sauv. + Syrah, OPC Buoncristiani proprietary, Napa Valley, 2006 (red)
- impossible to say anything because it was oxydated, probably because the wine had remained in the open bottle for too long