Eos 2009 Petite Sirah ($6)

Paso Robles, CA. 13.9% ABV
Purchased 5/20/2013 at the Pinole, CA store

Eos 2009 Petite SirahI’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.

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9 thoughts on “Eos 2009 Petite Sirah ($6)

  1. Peter Pang

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I love the bouquet, the taste, and the finish. I wonder how the Atlanta restaurant JCT was able to get their hands on this wine. Must the a good wine distributor. I have seen it in other sites for over $20 a bottle. My next move is to check with local wine stores.

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  2. Peter Pang

    We drank his wine at the JCT restaurant in Atlanta. It was wonderful, and we loved it. Do I read that you can buy this wine SOS Petite Sirah for $6? Pray tell where I can buy a case.

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    1. BargainWhine

      Hi Peter and welcome. This site reviews wines which appear for sale at the Grocery Outlet. It is a west coast chain, so I am pretty sure there are no GOs in Georgia, or in the southeast US, for that matter. Even here in California, I haven’t seen this wine in GOs near me for a while. I’m glad you enjoyed the wine, though.

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      1. lim13

        I had never noticed it before, but the GO website says that they now have stores in Pennsylvania. A long ways from Atlanta, but a lot closer than the west coast.
        : ~) I’d be mighty surprised if this wine was lurking anywhere in the GO system.

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        1. flitcraft

          I’ve actually been to the GO in Harrisburg, believe it or not! But no wine there–Pennsylvania only allows wine sales at state liquor stores.

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          1. lim13

            Forgot that the PA state stores sold all the wine, flitcraft. Thanks for the reminder. That’s weird, eh? A GO with zero wine.

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  3. BargainWhine

    This wine had re-appeared at the Richmond, CA, store when I was there on 15 January. I couldn’t quite recall which vintages had been reviewed already, so I got a bottle. I would say the intervening 7 months have been good to this wine, as my bottle was quite delicious! I guess it’s not the most intense PS, but that’s not saying much for this grape, and I’d say this is a nicely full-bodied wine. It’s neither the most complex nor the most simple wine, but it’s really yummy, with flavors of blackberry / blueberry and boysenberry jam, with decent acid and plenty of tannin, and a little chocolate with enough air. It was good from the start, but aired after about 60-75 minutes (I’m guessing) to become quite soft and supple, at least for a PS. This is now totally delicious wine for the money. Same price, as I recall.

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  4. lim13

    Tasted this wine tonight at the Silverdale, WA GO where it’s selling for $8.99. Compared to the $6 dluber paid for it, I’d say it’s not a good value. I found it to be rather closed and a bit one dimensional.

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  5. Russ

    Eos Estate/Novella sold out to Bill Foley Estates ($$$$) and all the wine is available in all GO stores. Look for a huge turnaround…Foley turns everything into gold…

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