I’m beginning to really dig the Petite Sirahs I’m tasting that are coming out of California. Seriously. I had the Concannon Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah several months ago. I liked that one enough that I classified it as a “sipper.” That means I’d be willing to swig it without any accompanying food and just enjoy the wine for the wine’s sake. So when I saw what looked like their next level PS, I was more than happy to give it a try.
Wine: Conservancy Petite Sirah
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Appellation: Livermore Valley, California
Notes: Color on this Petite Sirah was a dark purple. On the nose I smelled vibrant berries, earth, a touch of mushroom along with a metallic mineral note. Acidity was high, tannins were medium, and alcohol was at 13.5%. I’d say the body was medium-light. Core flavors I found were blueberry, dark raspberry, some pepper, oak, a hint of cinnamon, ash and tea. I liked this one quite a bit. I took another bottle to a dinner party where a few of my friends absconded with it for their own enjoyment, leaving me to drink a Bordeaux someone else had contributed to the evening. I guess they enjoyed this Petite Sirah, too!
Ever since my Xmas Eve experience with a Petite Sirah (Parducci Petite Sirah 2010), I’ve been keeping my eye peeled for that varietal in the wine retailers I frequent. I have to say there aren’t that many. Even so, I recently ran across this inexpensive offering from Concannon and grabbed a bottle. Better yet, it was on sale at $6.64.
Wine: Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Notes: Color on this Petite Sirah was a dark ruby. On the nose I smelled pepper, dark raspberry, earth and menthol. Acidity was good, tannins were medium, and alcohol was at 13.5%. The wine had a bit of weight on the palate, so I’d say the body was medium-light. Core flavors I found were currant, green herbs, pepper, and oak while the finish was moderately lengthy with pepper, herbs and dark raspberry. I was quite happy with this purchase. What would I pair it with? Well, for me this is one for sipping all by it’s lonesome. Of course, it has the structure and flavor profile to stand up to a meal. In case you’re interested, this was purchased at my local Safeway. If it sounds good to you, maybe it’ll be on sale at your area Safeway, too!