The serious skiers and snowboarders in the group were on the slopes before 9am.  I took the day off to relax and putter around in the kitchen making coq au vin.  Before dinner we decided to visit Uncorked again.  Doug Hackett from Dogwood Cellars was there for one more night.  After waiting for a few minutes a table that was big enough for our group opened up.  We sat down and ordered a bottle of 2005 Dogwood Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel and a cheese plate.  We had fun talking and taking turns petting Champ, a very friendly yellow lab.  Doug brought over our wine and was kind enough to pose for a couple photos.  After we finished up at the wine bar, we headed home to have dinner.  The coq au vin is a pretty hearty dish and our friend Alina is on a Syrah kick, so I figured it would be a good night to open a few vineyard designate Syrahs.  We opened three Consilience Syrahs, the 2005 Camp Four, 2002 Star Lane Vineyard (a library release) and 2005 Star Lane Vineyard.  It is fun to taste different vintages side by side and debate about which one is better.  One of the world’s best known wine critics, Robert Parker Jr. gave the 2005 vintage 91 points.  I don’t think he rated the 2002 but our unofficial vote at the dinner table resulted in an even split between the two vintages.   Personally, I prefer the 2002 Star Lane – it has wonderful flavors of chocolate and coffee.