Valley of the Moon 2011 “Orbiter”

(roughly) 40% Petite Sirah, 20% Syrah, 40% Zinfandel; probably about 14% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 2 May

ValleyOfTheMoon_2011_OrbiterThis blend looked quite fun and tasty.  The large percentage of the hearty Petite Sirah grape made me optimistic that the wine would be decent even from the more challenging year of 2011.  Indeed, after about 1:15 – 1:45 in a decanter, the wine tasted of ripe dark blackberry, acid of boysenberry / black raspberry / hibiscus tea, purple cherry, slightly tarry, hints of brown earth and black pepper, maybe a little strawberry jam (?).  It seems dominated by the dark fruit, acid, and tannin of the Petite Sirah, but other grapes add more softness and fruit complexities.  It’s quite tasty now, and it should be fine for another year or so.

The saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle was redder and more acid, but still pretty tasty.  G.L. Pease said that on the second day, the last bit he left in the stoppered bottle fell apart completely, and had become too acid to drink.

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