Pairs with Arger-Martucci 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (very limited quantity available, please contact winery)
1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 Tbs. (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter
2 Tbs. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 Tbs. cognac or brandy
1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
6 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
Lightly sweetened whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350¢ªF. Butter and flour 9-inch-diameter spring form pan with 2 ¼-inch-high sides. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in Grand Marnier, cognac, and espresso. Cool to lukewarm.
Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Fold ¼ of beaten egg mixture into cooled chocolate mixture to lighten, and then fold chocolate mixture into remaining egg mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs still attached, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack (cake will sink as it cools). Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides. Transfer cake to platter, cover and let stand at room temperature.
To serve, cut cake into wedges and serve with whipped cream and raspberries.
Arger-Martucci Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. An intense vintage overall, the varietals combine for a bouquet of tobacco and black cherries. The flavor of intense Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately present on the palate and lingers. Due to the extended maceration, the tannins are soft and very “cherry”, giving an intense “mouth feel” and a long, lingering finish. This wine is a mouthful now, but will cellar for ten to fifteen years. The Cabernet Sauvignon was picked at 24.8 brix and received a total skin contact-maceration and fermentation-of 31 days. It was then aged in 50% French oak, 25% American oak and 25% Hungarian oak for a total of 20 months. 796 cases were produced.
Please contact the winery for purchasing details.