TNs--Burgundy and Cali Syrah for Easter Dinner

My good friends Brad and Marnie were very kind to invite me to dinner yesterday. Tran Bronstein also joined, along with Marnie’s mom.

I brought a couple of bottles, since they did all the cooking (spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, thyme chicken and Tran’s Key Lime pie)

We did have a 2012 Rivetti Barbaresco that was unfortunately tired and past prime.

2014 Domaine Trapet-Rochelandet Gevrey 1er Cru Bel Air

I opened this and gave it a little air for about 4 hours. It showed very nicely indeed, with just touches of gaminess and earth around very crisp small berry fruit. Some forest floor comes up later in the glass. The acid drives this wine and it’s a style I like, if with a little less heft than I’m used to in GC. Good wine, enjoyed by all.

2016 Model Farm Petaluma Syrah

This really puts me in mind of Cornas, or maybe St. Joseph. This is all about structure and tart plum and cherry fruit, with glances of cured meats. Still has some growing to do–I gave this 3 hours in a decanter–and striking feel as it curls down your throat.

Haere Ra,