2007 Chardonnay – Grilled Tomato Basil Crostini with Lemon Garlic Cream

2007 Chardonnay This Chardonnay was barrel fermented in French oak and has aromas of caramelized pineapple and pear. The creamy texture reveals a long, spicy, vanillin finish. Enjoy now or age 1-3 years.

Grilled Tomato Basil Crostini with Lemon Garlic Cream

1 French bread baguette
3T olive oil
1- 8oz box cream cheese
1 small minced garlic clove
Zest of 1 lemon- minced
1T lemon juice
2T half and half
1 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
2T freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 lb tomatoes chopped

Lemon Garlic Cream – With a hand mixer- mix cream cheese, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, half and half and 1/8 tsp salt.

Basil Drizzle – blend basil, parmesan cheese, ¼ cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Slice bread into 1/2-inch-thin slices, discarding ends. Brush with olive oil. Grill bread slices over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with chopped tomatoes and basil drizzle.