Monday, May 14, 2012

Le Bon Cochon

Despite translating as The Good Pig, we drank this bottle with lamb.  The 2009 Le Bon Cochon from  Michel-Schlumberger in the Dry Creek Valley is a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah.  Dark color, full body and a nose that was more than recognizable as Zinfandel - blackberries, tart black raspberries and a little earth.    Full flavored without being over the top, there was enough tannin and acid to keep this wine fresh and singing through the meal.

The small roast cut from the leg was marinated in salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, then tossed on the grill over hardwood charcoal.  It was served with a dollop of tzatsiki on the side.  We added some sweet potato gnocchi with fried sage leaves and a grating of cheese.  Great match with the wine.

14.7% alcohol, 450 cases made and $24.

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