I love Petite Sirah, it’s one of my go-to varietals and this winery has been pivotal in my conversion to the grape. They have changed the label but I hope the contents are as good as the 2013/4. Inky purple in the glass it has very glossy, thick legs showing off the 14% ABV. The nose has a heavy-handed charred oak whiff right off the bat. Once that subsided I get very ripe plum, dark black raspberry, coconut, clove, blueberry pie and vanilla bean. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannins, full body and rich, ripe black fruit flavors intertwined with luscious oak nuance. The charred oak note is prevalent in that department but I do get some vanilla and coconut. This is a rich wine that has layers of interesting fruit that show off California sunshine. The finish is medium in length and the really fine-grained yet hefty tannins leave my jaw tingling. Lovely stuff that gets 93 points from me and for $36 it’s a 5 star effort to pair with big steaks or hearty stews. I bought several bottles and plan to drink till 2030. Salut….
William Gordon Winery Petite Sirah 2015, Alexander Valley, California
19 Sunday Jun 2022