Lodi, CA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 3 Sep
When I opened this, I first poured off half into a 375ml bottle and stoppered it with very little air. I drank the rest over about 2½ hours and did not like it very much. It tasted like rather generic red wine, kind of $2-Chuck-like, with not that much Petite Sirah character coming through.
The second half, however, does show more typical Petite Sirah flavors. It needed only a little air in the glass to show nice Petite Sirah flavor of lighter boysenberry / black raspberry that’s sort of close to roses. With more air, the fruit darkens to add more blackberry and cherry. Overall, it’s a decently tasty and balanced Petite Sirah for the price, although not one that excites me very much. It will likely improve with age.