Bar Tartine – Scribe Winery Tasting Menu

Back at Bar Tartine tonight.  I was unexpectedly presented with the opportunity to dine on a tasting menu designed to highlight the wines of Scribe Winery.  Who am I to say “no”?

First Course:

Roasted Bone Marrow
Roasted Bone Marrow

Second Course:

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad
Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad

Third Course:

Rib Eye With Trumpet Mushrooms and Gratin Potatoes
Rib Eye With Trumpet Mushrooms and Gratin Potatoes

Fourth Course:

Roasted Pear with Syrah Granita
Roasted Pear with Syrah Granita

Fourth Course, Round 2:

Chocolate Ice Cream with Mint Chocolate Merengue

Chocolate Ice Cream with Mint Chocolate Merengue

The evening’s standouts were the bone marrow (unctuous!) and the salad (unexpected!).  The beef was nice, but I was really hoping for Astoundingly Good.  Ditto for the pear.  On the other hand, Tracey and her mom very generously allowed me to “sample” their chocolate dessert, which was Just Awesome.

It’s worth pointing out that each of the first three courses did a really excellent job of complementing the three different wines: a 2008 Pinot Noir, a 2004 Syrah, and a 2004 Cabernet, respectively.  The wines were very restrained, displaying a more Old-World style than you’d expect from Sonoma/Napa.

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