Aromas are reminiscent of blackberry jam and bushels of fresh raspberries. Olfactory senses are further intrigued by hints of violet, lead pencil, white pepper and bramble. Again, wow!
It's a medium bodied wine which possesses bright, tart blueberry and cassis flavors. The silky texture is wonderful. Unfortunately, this vintage is short on both complexity and typical Petite Sirah intensity after the initial rush of dark fruit.
"Pets" jumps back on track with a relatively lengthy finish. It definitely reminds me of the delicious berry cobbler served at the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas.
On the topic of BBQ, Petite Sirah is terrific with sausage, tri-tip, brisket or any red meat prepared over an open flame. For my vegetarian readers, pour a glass and enjoy it with a thick, 3-alarm, black bean chili.
Even though this wine will probably not provide the body or breadth and intensity of flavors coveted by most long-time fans of Petite Sirah, it could be a very good introduction to the varietal for novices. As always, trust your palate to be the final judge.
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