The knee is definitely not full throttle, but the computer is. After three weeks of running slow and having way too many problems the machine is again purring like a kitten with a full belly of warm milk courtesy of mom. After several wrong and expensive diagnoses the problem was solved for a paltry $13 by replacing a defective memory chip on the main board.
Since the problem was so minor we took some of the money and splurged on a porterhouse steak for dinner. The weather is cool but sunny, so the steak and the grilled bread were done outside. Only the salad and the rosemary potatoes required anything inside.
The wine was delicious. It was a 2005 Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds Cote du Rhone Village. The wine is 65% Syrah and 35% Grenache. Earthy and peppery with medium body and great acidity the wine tasted of bright plums and strawberries. It was a great pairing with the steak and potatoes. By itself it seemed a little austere, but paired with the food and little breathing time it just bloomed. The acid was tamed and the tannins softened and that made for a very enjoyable bottle of wine.