Cold, windy and snowy all day yesterday so the only time we ventured out was for Scott's walk in the park. No geese, as we never made it to the river park so he had to content himself with chasing two rabbits.
The wine of choice for the evening was a Cascabel Tipico, 2004. An Australian wine of 40% Grenache, 40% Monastrell (Mourvedre)and 20% Syrah it was definitely in the Chateauneuef du Pape style.
There was an up front taste of bright strawberries from the Grenache, some darker cherries from the Monestrell and some red plum and a touch of pepper from the Syrah. It was a full wine with more than medium weight at 14% alcohol but it was nicely balanced and provided a moderate finish length. Nice acid from the Grenache made it clean tasting and there was enough tannin to match the weight. Good wine but not one to turn a cartwheel over, but at $24 still cheaper than a Chateauneuf du Pape.
Dinner was a small sirloin steak pan grilled in a cast iron skillet with a pan sauce of some of the wine, a little beef stock, a little Dijon mustard, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and some butter. There was also the last of the Gorgonzola and walnut ravioli tossed with olive oil and Pecorina Romano cheese and a small salad.