(USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)
Went to The Capital Grille in Orlando with my friend Tom Beal. Some amazing customer service there. More on that after the wine. We had the Wilson Vineyard Crusher Cabernet. This dark red brick-colored wine has enticing aromas of raspberries, plums and soft spice. The start of the palate was focused on darker fruits of blueberry, blackberry profile and slight cigar tobacco. It was a solid start. The background to this wine has notes of coffee and leather— dark, rich flavors give it a bold, masculine character. The mid-palate had a balance between dark jammy fruit and dusty, earthy dryness which made it both alluring and satisfying. A full-bodied Cabernet, the finish is long with a core of well-ripened tannins. This Cabernet went well with the bone in rib-eye we both had. Keep in mind this was a 15 dollar wine and is worth a try for this price.
Now on to the service at the Capital Grille. I know this is unusual but I felt is worth mentioning because the service was consistent to the Boca Raton location I enjoy frequently. Both of our steaks came out way overcooked than what we ordered. They checked with us and told us to cut the steaks and check them. The server immediately said that’s not what you ordered and shuffled it back to the kitchen. Then the manager came out and said they are redoing the steaks and they are on the house. Then the server apologized and served us two glasses of Hess special selection Cabernet on him. Then they gave us deserts on the house. Now keep in mind we did not make a stink about the steaks yet they went over and above to make our experience a good one. It was worth mentioning.
From their site:
A Cabernet of this caliber commands steak, and almost any steak will pair well with this red wine. Try a seared flank steak with truffle mashed potatoes, or a thick, pan-roasted rib eye with a Mia’s Cabernet Reduction sauce. For something more unique, search out some Korean barbecued short ribs to match with the full range of flavors found in this wine.