Paso Robles, CA. 13.9% ABV
Purchased 5/20/2013 at the Pinole, CA store
I’ve had good luck with this label before and this varietal in particular. Promising nose: blueberry pie, hints of earth and eucalyptus. Palate provides a modicum of sweet fruit but a slightly thin middle, a long but somewhat astringent finish. Puckering acidity, and a mixed bag of tannins, some harsh, some not, but not overpowering – not quite what I’d expect from a young S. CA Petite, but not all in a bad way. Typically, Petite Sirah begins life quite tannic and takes years to mellow, whereas this wine is pretty drinkable now – good but not great. I liked it better the second day, got stronger blue fruit in the nose and mellower acidity but also more mentholy-phenolic aromas (remember Campho-Phenique?). Not quite a full Thumbs Up due to the slightly odd aromas and just not being a classic Petite, but still on the high end of Drinkable with some potential for aging.