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Petite Sirah

USA, Syrah, Rusack Vineyards, Ballard Canyon Estate, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California, 2011

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Red blend of: 91% syrah and 9% petite sirah. N/ Deep plum and blackberry stew, black cherries, and dark black soil. Rosemary, smoldering campfire, and split flint. Clean aromas of a fall forest floor. Fantastic. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Amazingly smooth. A light glycerol weight that helps bind together a remarkably balanced load […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, California, 2010

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N/ Potent, delightful, ripe fig aromas. Black fruits and dried plums. Brisk acid wafts. Wet leather. Moss on a old log. Crisp canvas. Fresh gunpowder and white pepper round her out. Nice and complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A reduction of black fruit and red berries. A dusty cranberry pucker completes the fruit show. Pen ink. Chalk […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Scholium Project, Babylon, Tenbrink Vineyards, Suisin Valley, California, 2005

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N/ A clean rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s tarn. Black cherry, rhubarb, and spice. Smoked game. Smoked herbs. Soft flint, tar, and river rocks. Swamp comes out after 30 mins. Delicious swamp. T/ Medium full mouthfeel (a tad surprising given the nose and color). Bright lime acids and a cranberry puker play amidst big blackberry, […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Old Vine, Ravenswood, Sonoma County (Dry Creek, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River), 2009

Red Blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mixed Blacks N/ Acid popping, stew of plum skins and dark berries. Round, soft, wafts of old forest floor, especially aromas reminiscent an old moss-covered log – in a clean, inviting, way. Moss covered rocks, black soil, and mushrooms. T/ Medium-full to full mouth […]

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Foppiano Vineyards / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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I adore Foppiano Vineyards. The wines, the people, the grounds, the vibe. True, real, professional, elegant, delicious. I’ve long been a fan of Natalie West‘s wine crafting, so visiting Foppiano in person had been on my wish list for years. Natalie gave me a fascinating tour around their ample, and gorgeous, grounds and then guided […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Syrah dominated), Shannon Ridge, Wrangler Red, Lake County, California, 2009

Red blend of: 37% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera, 3% Mourvedre and 2% Tempranillo. Tasted 30 minutes to 4 hours post decant. N/ Juicy and ripe strawberry jam.  Burlap and clean canvas. Dry earth and light wafts of crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Nutmeg and spiced red and purple berries. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), Shannon Ridge, High Valley & Red Hills Appellations, Lake County, California, 2009.

Red Blend of: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec. Tasting took place from 1-4 hours post decant. N/ Medium-strength barrel room, red berries, and plum. Light confectionary and taffy. Powdered flint, with a light touch of cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Her first impression is a very soft body, second impressions include a […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Shannon Ridge, Ranch Collection, Lake County, California, 2009

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Note: tasted 2-5 hours post decant. C/ Black-purple squid ink. Dangerous. N/ Voluptuous and massive boysenberry and black fruits reduction sauce. Clean oaks. Ink. Stewed flint. A wonderful black, lurid, acid-wafting tarn of delight.  (A) T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean and angular, but still a full payload of black fruits and plum skins. Liquid granite and […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Ravenswood, Teldeschi, Single Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley,California, 2008

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Red blend of: 75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. N/ Oaky, spiced red berry and plum jam blast. Canvas and burlap, forest floor, and light confectionery. Chocolate infused tobacco. Orange peel, blood, and a light rust closer. Fantastic. T/ Full mouthfeel. Stewed plums and red berry bomb without being cloying. Clean, […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. N/ White pepper, powdered flint, gunpowder, black fruits, granite, and taffy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly angular, but rich black fruits and red berries. A truly complex minerality, especially for Zinfandel and this price point. Even though she closes fairly fast, she has a lingering light pucker […]

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USA, Red Blend, Crimson and Clover, Concannon, Conservancy, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

Red blend of: 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel. N/ Ripe plum, slightly smoked. Strawberry jam. Broth of river rocks and dried grasses. Touches of confectionery, cigar box, and cedar. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, red berries and plum jam. Displays many good aspects of classically made Zinfandel that appear to be […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, California, 2009.

N/ Smoked and massively deep plums laced with a slight touch of confectionery. Massive cigar box, aged tobacco, and tomato leaf. Big, juicy, and brooding. Pretty awesome. T/ Full mouthfeel. Slightly tannic, but this is overrun by a huge black fruits and plum machine gunning. Impressive acid and balance for the price point. A flinty, […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Petite Sirah), Wine Guerrilla, Coffaro Vineyards “old vine”, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2009

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Red blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah. N/ Acidic, plum reduction sauce. A tad hot during the first 30 minutes – advise a vigorous decant. Tanned leather, acidic granite, pine needles, orange liquor. Absolutely fascinating for a Zinfandel blend. T/ Full mouthfeel. “In your face” bracing acidity instantly followed by plum and cassis ICBM, surprisingly […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet), Cupcake Vineyards, Red Velvet, California, 2009

Cupcake’s first red blend of: Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. A job well done! Note 1: as I never look at tasting notes until I’m completely done rating a wine, I always love to guess what constitutes a given blend.  On this one I wrote that I was having a Zinfandel, Syrah, and […]

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USA, Petit Sirah, Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg and Lodi, California, 2008

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N/ Smoked barrel room. Smoked plums. Black olives. Blackberries. Smoldering logs. Brick dust. Light game. Burnt sugar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Plums and black olive stew. Big tannins, slightly rough, even on night two. Oak juice and light soy sauce finish. http://www.boglewinery.com/ Winemakers = Eric Aafedt and Chris Smith Price = $8 – $11 Rating = […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Don Sebastiani & Sons, The Crusher, Grower’s Selection, Clarksburg, California, 2009

Red Blend of: 97% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouchet. N/ Gamey black fruits. Wet, dark soil. Clean, black pepper. Taffy. Warm smoke. Serious and muscular. Fantastic. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Huge stewed plum and blueberry reduction sauce.  Liquid burlap. Excellent balance. Integrated wood work. Soft mineral closer. Bruising, but balanced. This is one […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Folie a Deux, Amador County, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80 % Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, and 5% Barbera. N/ Nice barrel room, fat plums, stewed violets, black pepper, touch of dry cloves.  Light wafts of vinyl and rubber. T/ Medium-full to full mouth feel. Plums stewed with white and black pepper. Medium-high acid pop that cuts through, and balances, most of […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2008

Note: best after 2 – 3 hours post decant. N/ Earth, flint, white pepper, light sage, mushroom, light game. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Medium high tannic bite. High acid feel for the varietal. Big muscular black and purple fruits. Graham crackers. Long but distinctly chalky finish. I’ve loved all the Foppiano wines I’ve […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Barbera), Folie a Deux, Amador County, 2008

Red Blend of: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, and 5% Barbera N/ Warm spice. Confectionery. Graham crackers. Stewed plums. Ripe berry jam. Chocolate. Delightful! T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Big, but clean jammy plums. Pepper stewed blackberries. Light clove. Great juice! Price = $18 Brilliant. 93 This wine was a media sample kindly provide by […]

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