A quick note from a party…. Unbelievable nose- black fruits galore, chai tea, olives and blueberry jam. On the palate I get gorgeous blue fruit ganache, really tight knit tannins – crunchy acidity. Sublime wine that is full bodied and long. It shows off bright Napa sunshine in the fruit which I think will evolve nicely in the next 10-15 years. Drink till 2030. 93 points if not 94 for this bold $45 effort. 5 Stars. Salut….
I’ve tasted the 2010 Spellbound and liked it. For dinner tonight I ordered it as I wasn’t in the mood for a big pricy bottle. It was $33 on the menu, the cheapest offering at this Bay Area steak house. Dark, inky purple in the glass as is to be expected for the varietal. The nose offers black fruits, bramble and dusty tannins. The palate gives me a nice, easy drinking black fruited wine with easy going acidity, smooth, lithe tannins and a nice dose of sunshine. This basic wine offers much gratification, lots of primal flavor and a great mouthfeel. 88 points and 5 stars for this $12 effort that I enjoyed quite a bit. Salut….
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….