Lentil Soup with Green Chile Lamb Sausage with Old Ridge Claret

Tonight’s dinner (after the whole pollo real chicken we planned to have didn’t thaw sufficiently) was lentil soup with Shepherd’s Lamb with Green Chile sausage and a little extra garlic. It was enjoyed with a remarkably youthful 1981 Ridge Claret Lytton Springs (53% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 14% Carignane in a 100 year old field blend) - rich dark fruits, adequate acidity (more than we had in the 1980 the other night); with a rich, complex dark fruit finish. All was enjoyed (at least by me) with the late Glenn Gould briskly playing J.S.Bach’s English Suites on piano.

Then for dessert we had our last (of this batch) Colorado Jonathon apple with nearly the end of our first bottle (from Susan’s) of Louis Roque ‘La Vielle Prune’ plum brandy, this time out of small snifters. Another wonderful combination.