Pricey quaffing

Oenophile alert: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas acquires oh-so-fancy wine

Oenophile alert: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas acquires oh-so-fancy wine

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas is crowing about a big wine get. The restaurant acquired the 2010 Lightning Bolt Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, from Northern California winery Coup de Foudre, during a dramatic wine auction in Napa Valley. Del Frisco wine director David O'Day competed against hundreds of bidders and nabbed the 2010 Coup de Foudre right from under their noses.

Pronounced "koo-dah foo-drah," Coup de Foudre is a highly regarded Napa Valley winery that has been making wines since 2004. Its name is French for the moment when lightning strikes. Only five cases of the 2010 Lightning Bolt Blend were created for the auction.

The exclusive blend will be released in November, and you can buy a bottle for $295 at Del Frisco's. Unfortunately, the only way you can try it is by springing for the bottle; a spokeswoman said that the wine was so rare that the steakhouse would not be selling it by the glass.

O'Day competed for 200 lots during a rousing live auction that was held at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California, in February. Coup de Foudre winemaker Kent Jarman said that as they were tasting their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, one barrel was so good that they held it aside for his premiere blend of Cabernet Sauvignon elevated by 2 percent Petit Verdot and 4 percent Cabernet Franc. Jarman described the wine as having intense blueberry, dark chocolate, vanilla bean and ripe cherries.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House has nine locations in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Charlotte and Denver. It will open another branch in Chicago at the end of 2012.

Wine cellar at Del Frisco's
Del Frisco's scored some coveted Coup de Foudre 2010 Lightning Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon Blend for the cellar, available for $295 a bottle in November. Courtesy of Del Frisco's Facebook