“The painstakingly handmade 2017 Petaluma Gap Syrah unequivocally evokes the spirit of Cornas. Notes of dark cherry, graphite, kirsch, lavender, and game possess an immediate magnetism while firm tannins create a textural depth giving the wine personality and persistence. With time in the glass, the tightly knit mineral core begins to unwind revealing the vineyard's intrinsic energy and complexity. Classic, gutsy, and capable of tremendous longevity in the cellar (12.5% alc)."
John Gilman on the 2017 Model Farm Petaluma Gap Syrah
"The 2017 Syrah “Petaluma Gap” from the husband and wife team Sean Castorani and Joanna Wells’ Model Farm is a superb follow-up to their outstanding 2016 version. The brutal heat wave that roared through northern California during Labor Day weekend of 2017 could have really been a problem for Sean and Joanna, but they chose to be patient, let the vines recover and picked slowly and carefully many days after the heat spike, so as to bring in properly ripe and undamaged fruit. Their resulting syrah is outstanding, tipping the scales at a very civilized 12.5 percent octane and offering up a superb and utterly classic bouquet of cassis, black raspberries, smoked meats, pepper, black olive, a fine array of soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely structured this year, with a fine core of fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins and superb length and grip on the complex, youthful and very promising finish. This will need a bit more time in the cellar to stretch its wings than the 2016 version, but it is going to be every bit as stellar in the fullness of time. If you have not yet noticed, Model Farm is making some of the most brilliant syrahs in all of California right now! 2027-2065. 94.
Jeb Dunnuck on the 2017 Model Farm Petaluma Gap Syrah
"The 2017 Petaluma Gap Syrah offers Cote Rotie-like notes of blackberry, spring flowers, and classic bacon fat nuances. Brought up in neutral puncheons, it's medium-bodied with good fruit, building tannins, and outstanding length... made in a classic, old-school style that's going to benefit from a handful of years of bottle age."