A lighter purple color which kinda surprised me. I get fig, black cherry and dates on the nose, a strange combination but I write ’em as I see ’em. The initial taste consists of a lighter set fruits, mostly blueberry, with some currants. Gentle tannins and mild acidity give this a nice easy mouthfeel while the mid palate shows off black berries and spice. The wine stays true to form on the finish with more blackberry and some very slight tannins. Not a blockbuster, but certainly an easy going wine to pull out at parties, barbecues or just a lazy evening. It will pair with many summer dishes and I would even use it for Coq au Vin. I think it merits 87 points and for $11 will be a repeat purchase worthy of 3 stars. Salut….
Blackish purple in the glass. Nose of cedar, black plums and tea. On the palate this wine immediately lets you know it is well built with hefty tannins. The flavors of plum, black cherry and pepper are fighting for control with the amazing tannins. I am loving this wine’s mouthfeel today in particular because it will pair beautifully with the ribeyes on the grill. If the dryness is overpowering for you I suggest a trip through a vinturi or decanting. The wine has a nice finish and the tannins go on forever. I really love this varietal and this is one excellent example. 92 points and 4 stars for this $40 offering. Salut….
Moxie and I went to the local Costco yesterday and I steered us into the wine aisle… I picked up some interesting wines but the label on this one sold both Moxie and me. She’s a graphic artist by trade and has a good eye for marketing. This label was a winner. I glanced at the back label and immediately decided I needed to try this blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot.
From Paso Robles comes this dark, extracted purple Petite Sirah. I am always on the hunt for decent wine from this varietal and this one happened to be on special at the BevMo. Normally priced at $25, it was basically BOGO- $12.5 making it a steal.
Purple fruits and bramble on the nose woke me right up to the fact that this was a rich and powerful wine, just how I like them. On the palate a thick pasting of Asian plum, ginger and rawhide with mild tannins and a background of acidity. Nice mid palate of jam and rhubarb that gave way to a nice mid length finish. I’m going with 89 points and 3 stars. It’s well worth a visit if you can get it on sale. Salut….
I forgot to not the vintage and the picture does not show it so I am going with NV. I bought it at Costco for $17, but the winery advertises it at $70. Wow.
Anyway, I have tried the Jettlynn Cabernet Sauvignon before and was happy with it. I was looking forward to this bottle as it blends together many of my favorites, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah amongst the staples of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Purple hued with a nose of violets, blackberry jam and eucalyptus. A fresh and tannic intro of black berries, cinnamon, plum and orange peel. Young tannins are still integrating but it won’t stop you from popping it with some grilled lamb. Not much acidity, which makes me curious about its cellaring potential. 5 years?? 89 points and very tasty. For the $17 its a no-brainer 3 star wine. Get some if you see it for that price. Salut….
Out to dinner with friends last week and this little beauty showed up on the wine list. I love Petite Sirah, it is a highly flexible grape that always shows off great tannins, plums and ages well. It is tannicly well endowed and never lacks for power. This one was really tasty but my notes were rather short, we had been at it for a while. Dark fruits and plum nose with vanilla. Full on plum and vanilla creme pie with some ginger on the finish. Balance in acidity and tucked in tannins. This wine is drinking nicely now with 4 years of age but will certainly go the distance. 2014-2024 91 points and 3 stars for this $40 offering. A yummy wine that will go well with grilled meats, pasta and of course some charcuterie. Salut….
This is a varietal that I have fallen in love with. Not a Sirah, nor is it petite. The grape is also known as Durif overseas and offers up hefty tannins with spice and plum being the main component flavors. This particular bottle had a few years of mellowing time and it came across with black currants and plum on the nose with a nearly black complexion in the glass. Licorice was very prominent along with black fruits and cola. Sharp tannins and great acidity balanced each other beautifully on the mouthfeel and I really enjoyed the whole package. I paid dearly for it at the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant in Reno, but found it online for $30. It was the final evening of my Reno adventure and was well suited to our Filet dinner. 91 points and 4 stars from me. Salut….
I just love Petite Sirah. It’s thick, powerful and in my face. I also like delicate wines that ooze class and reek of finesse. Tonight though is for the unabashed. This wine is a serious dark shade of purple, a warning shot of what is to come. Blackberry and creosote on the nose, in a good way. Dark fruits and a jammy plum element hit me right off the bat. The grape is full on with tannins and juicy acidity. This is night 2 of this bottle and it is drinking beautifully. Balanced with tons of potential make this a stellar wine. Retailing at $12 it gets a solid 90 points from me for its depth and complexity. You know what that means folks- 5 stars! I am in need of a few more bottles for a dark and stormy nice with some chili, or a beef Bourguignon. Cellaring for another 5 years would reveal a treasure. Salut….
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….
The label says “Estate Red”, so I had to look up the varietals because I sensed Syrah from the get-go. Mind you, I had just spent 19 hours on airplanes to get home from Asia and did not realize I was opening a $60 bottle of vino for a casual drink. The Syrah was pronounced, with pepper and spice on the nose. I thought I was drinking a Rhone red, not realizing that this wine was actually from the Sonoma appellation of Dry Creek Valley. I guess I was really tired from my flight! Turns out it is a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend (You may recall my love affair with the Petite). I think that is what is making this wine so interesting and adding the nuances.
The pepper came through again on the palate with dark cherries, which threw me off. Plums and blackberry also made an entrance. The wine was all over the place, the profile was Rhone yet the cherry component was very Burgundian. It was extremely balanced and offered great acidity. Background tannins held it in check but I fear for long term cellaring. The wine is a delight to drink now, but at this price it is only a three star wine that wears a 91 point rating in my opinion. I am thinking it would rock a cheese platter and perhaps a pork roast or just by itself. I would reserve it against a red meat dish as it shows a delicate side that needs some finesse. Overall, a lovely wine that I think would offer great pleasure in the right moment with the right person. Easy to drink, yet complex. Salut….