Monday, February 13, 2017

It was our first visit to Wolf, which in one year, has established a fine reputation for unique contemporary cuisine and an equally exciting wine list.  It is certainly qualified to join the many fine restaurants that have been located on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood through the years.
We were there as guests of Erica Crawford, founder and CEO of Loveblock Vintners of New Zealand to taste some of the outstanding wines made by her husband and winemaker, Kim.
For the occasion Wolf Chef-Owner Marcel  Vigneron and Manager Sean Perman, who is also Sommelier,  put together a showplace menu to match the Loveblock vintages.  And this they did very well indeed.
With a truly outstanding Loveblock 2016 Sauvignon Blanc the starter was Hamachi Crudo with nucc cham, radish, herbs, and puffed rice.  Next to arrive was Mushroom Risotto with pine nut, sorrel, peas, pansetta.  The wine was Loveblock 2014 Pinot Gris.
This proved to be a bold white wine with much character both in aroma and a host of flavors with the slightest hint of sweetness.   By now we knew that Kim was truly an outstanding winemaker.  The winery is a family operation and Kim has some thirty years experience as a winemaker who has also worked in South Africa and Napa's Stags Leap.
Erica and Kim established Loveblock in 2004 with the planting of new vineyards on what was empty pasture before.  The terroir has proved to be outstanding, so much so that both the grapes and wine are organic.
The main course was Braised Beef Cheek with jerusalem artichoke, endive, and a knockout turmeric peppercorn sauce.  And the 2014 Pinot Noir was equal to the food with deep color, full aroma and a host of flavors.  It was unbelievably true to the Pinot Noir varietal.  It was the third vintage from a new 20 acre planting.
Our dessert was Blueberry Souffle with quince sorbet.
Wolf has an open kitchen and adjacent is a second restaurant named Beefsteak. 
Wolf is located at 7661 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles,   For hours call  323 424-7735,  serving dinner only. 

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