$17, 5 stars, 91 points, california, paso robles, petite sirah, VWTC
When shopping for the 21st Virtual Wine Tasting, I selected Durif as the keyword which is basically another name for Petite Sirah- one of my current favorites. This wine did not disappoint. Basking in sunny Paso Robles (California), the grapes for this elixir were harvested very ripe which makes a pretty potent 15.2%ABV wine that has rich, jammy fruit flavors. It looks menacing, nearly fully opaque with a dark shade of purple. The nose and palate gave the group flavors and aromas of blackberry preserves, black plum, dark chocolate covered raisins, leather, coffee, black pepper, blueberry and black tea (on the finish). Mid grade tannins and nice, gentle acidity made for a beautiful mouthfeel that was mid weight, leading to a decent length finish. I did not score it the highest on my scoring sheet but I believe it is worthy of 91 points. It was a crowd pleasing $17 bottle from DAOU vineyards that gets 5 stars from me. I would love to pair this wine with some grilled Venison. Drink till 2026. Salut….