Friday, May 27, 2011
The skies have finally cleared and today was only the fifth day this month that it hasn't rained here, including the small tornado that passed overhead a couple of days ago. When the warning sirens went off we grabbed a bottle of White Horse Scottish whisky, a glass, and several rawhide chew sticks. We took the dogs to the interior bathroom away from any room with a window and waited out the few minutes while the storm passed.
For the year we have already surpassed our average, annual rainfall. Thank heaven for a good roof and a wine cellar.
Dinner tonight was an embarrassingly large porterhouse steak done simply on the grill and finished with just a touch of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Rather than Tuscany we opted for Piemonte and pulled the cork on a 2009 Montaribaldi Dolcetto D'Alba Vagnona. Deep, dark color in the glass, the wine just reeked of fruit and earth. Full flavored with ripe, dark cherries and plums, the wine was a little weak in acid, but there was a great, earthy tannin that more than made up for that. Good depth to the flavor and a good length to the finish. A sip of wine, then a bite of steak with the lemon juice and it was repeat and repeat. Just a nice match.
14% alcohol and $14.