Mon 17 Jan 2011
The cookbook we were working from called the dish a “Winter Vegetable Cobbler,” when, basically, it was a pot-pie. The vegetables were carrots, potatoes, onions and parsnips, bathed in vegetable broth and capped with real pastry of flour, butter and a touch of milk, patted and rolled out by me; a vegetarian but not vegan production. The recipe included no seasoning except salt and pepper, so LL pepped the sauce up with some horseradish; next time, we’ll add a little thyme or oregano — and a bit of diced ham. Still, the “cobbler” was tasty and satisfying on a chilly night, and we’ll make it again.
I opened a bottle of the Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, a notably juicy, smoky, funky pinot that contains 4 percent syrah and aged six months in French oak barrels. This is a deeply spicy but not strident or overwhelming pinot noir that deftly balances moderate tannins — a little dust, a little slate-like minerality — with a sense of macerated and softly dissolving black cherries, currants and plums highlighted with a piquant note of mulberry. Perhaps it’s the dollop of syrah that lends the wine its peppery and earthy qualities, though it’s definitely pinot through and through. The finish brings in a tad more weight on the palate, more spice and a closing bell-tone of blueberry, um, cobbler. Winemaker, of course, is Rick Sayre. Drink now through 2012. 14.5 percent alcohol. Very Good+. About $20.
A sample for review.