Ironstone 2013 Petite Sirah

Lodi, CA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 3 Sep

Ironstone_2013_PetiteSirahWhen 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.

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2 thoughts on “Ironstone 2013 Petite Sirah

  1. JoelA

    It’s very very young and very fruity for a PS, and i can’t tell what will happen with age. I’ll pass on further bottles.

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  2. EHL

    Thanks for your many reviews, BW.

    As to the Ironstone Petite Sirah, I’m glad to hear that it improved significantly on the second day……since I already picked up a couple of bottles earlier, as I really like PS, but haven’t had the chance to taste it yet.

    As mentioned before in another post, I’ve had Ironstone’s Cabernet Franc (at Seattle’s GO for $5) a while back and the unusual offering impressed me enough to research the winery.

    Granted this is a very young PS from 2013……but compared to the hot competition from Hidden Creek and Novella’s Petite Sirahs for the same price or lower, I don’t think I’ll be picking up more of this bottle.

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