Sunday, January 31, 2016


Eastside Road, January 31, 2016—

I SET IT in quotes, because it isn't really Stamppot, it isn't Dutch, there's no kale in it. Potatoes, chard, leeks, pancetta, stewed on top of the stove with olive oil. No garlic, no onions. A little chili, by way of red-pepper flakes. A one-dish meal, after an afternoon of garden chores …
Laya: Garnacha tintonera 70%, Monastrell 30%, old vines (Almansa), 2013.

We've been keeping this wine in its cardboard box out on the north side of the house, and it's been cold — under 50°. This cold, the wine takes on a quite new quality: the Garnache is more assertive, berrylike. Delicious. I'm going to miss this wine when it's gone. 

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