Petite Sirah

March 10, 2008

Vinum Cellars "Pets" Petite Sirah 2005

vinumpets05.jpgVARIETAL: Petite Sirah
REGION: Clarksburg, California
PRICE: $13

Mondays warrant a special bottle. I don't mean expensive... just knock-your-socks-off good because you still have the rest of the week to get through. Or maybe you're tired of the long, cold drawn-out winter. Whatever your predicament, the Vinum Cellars Petite Sirah is sure to make you smile from the inside out. This wine seduces you with its intense plum hue and languid viscosity.
Swirl it, swirl it... now inhale. You'll be blown away by intoxicating scents of rich fig, cassis, deep berry and a twinge of pomegranate. This big chewy red is lush with jammy plum and blueberry balanced with a blast of cranberry, dusty sage and a hint of smoke. This is everything a petite sirah should be. You may not want to stop sniffing and sipping long enough to serve this with food. But if you do, it pairs beautifully with roasted racks of lamb - or any other roast for that matter. And as an added bonus, Vinum donates a portion of the profits from this wine to their local animal shelter.

Give it a shot: Vinum Cellars "Pets" Petite Sirah 2005

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February 26, 2008

L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2005

Thumbnail image for LACetto_Petite_Sirah.jpgVARIETAL: Petite Sirah
REGION: Baja, California/Mexico
PRICE: $10

I must admit I was a bit intrigued by the origins of this wine. I had never tasted a wine from the Baja peninsula and after closer inspection of the label I was a bit confused about whether or not the wine is considered a Mexican or California wine. Research only led to more confusion so I just had to crack it open and see what it was all about.

At first whiff the L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah is quite appealing. Lots of jammy fruit on the nose and a hint of spice. But the romance stopped there. I don't know if this bottle was a little cooked, or just past its prime, but there was nothing appealing about the taste. I found the fruit to be a bit bitter on the palate and for a Petite Sirah, it lacked lushness and any sort of finish. No kidding, I mean there was NO finish, zero taste in your mouth after the first few bitter sips. Weird . . . and disappointing after reading so many glowing reviews of previous vintages. Perhaps I'll give it another shot down the road. . . way down the road.

Noël Wallace at Permalink social bookmarking

February 19, 2008

Block No. 45 Petite Sirah 2005

block_45.JPG In our pursuit of the economical, yet tasty domestic wine, we have begun to notice a number of interesting California selections of vague origin. A number of small California producers are not really "wineries" in the sense that they do not necessarily grow their own fruit on lush rolling vineyards. Rather they pick and choose from other local producers and either buy grapes with which to make their own juice, or they buy juice and blend their own wines. Fascinating stuff, the modern world of wine. And for those of you who are skeptics or purists, rest assured there are some fun wines out there from such unassuming beginnings.
Block No. 45 Petite Sirah is just such a wine. Perhaps not quite as rich as many petite sirahs, it is, for the money, quite full-flavored with distinct plummy notes enhanced with shots of crushed blueberry and spice. It begs for a fire in the fireplace and a savory beef stew. A pretty impressive pick for a meager $5.99.

Noël Wallace at Permalink social bookmarking

December 5, 2007

Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah

Year: 2004
ABV: 13.5%
We Paid: $15
Dark purple-black in color with smooth, rich tannins and a creamy vanilla oak nose. Plush, vibrant blueberry, blackberry, and plum coat the palate along with a hint of cocoa and vanilla oak. Pleasant, soft and easy to drink. Match it with some holiday roast, and let the games begin.

Concannon 2004 Limited Release Petite Sirah - Red Wine

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