I have just returned back from a month in Asia, eating at restaurants and not having access to my own cellar. Well, my first meal at home was a huge success. Moxie threw together some Korean Short Ribs, mashed Cauliflower, Carrots and a Kale salad. I needed a rustic, powerful wine to go with the multi-dimensional ribs which had been slow cooking all day. I decided on the Christopher Creek from the Russian River Valley as I remembered it to be rather full bodied and high in alcohol, something I figured might help cut the fattiness of the meat. I was spot on. What I did not realize was that the wine has evolved since I last drank it 18 moths ago. Smoother, more mellow and not visibly showing off it’s 14.3% alcohol any more. The baby fat is gone off this brooding monster. Dark purple and ready to go with black currant, black berries with a touch of cassis. Very smooth with fine grained tannins and a good cutting acidity. This wine keeps getting better and I reckon will further evolve, perhaps drinking well until 2018 at the least. The pairing was awesome and my love of Petite Sirah has been cemented yet again. I believe it used to retail for $33. I am going with 91 points and 4 stars. Salut….