Piffero Vineyards, Mendocino County, CA; 15.3% ABV
Produced and Bottled by Yielding Wine, Laytonville, CA
$11 at the Oakland, CA, store on 15 Sept
This looked interesting enough, especially since we hadn’t seen it at the Richmond store, for me to spring for the $11. There was also a Tahto 2013 Petite Sirah for the same price, but I rarely like unblended PS. Has anyone tried it?
On the first night, the first sniff and sip were very promising, with earthy and tangy flavors of red cherry, darker plum, tangy rust / Chinese salt plum, and others I can’t remember. However, after airing more, the flavors seemed to simplify, gaining a good component of sour candy, of which I’m not very fond. Even after about 3 or 4 hours, with the fruit darkening to a dark purple plum, this did not really change.
However, a couple days later, the saved 275ml screw-cap bottle (filled when the Tahto bottle was opened and capped with very little air), after two or three hours’ air, was delicious! The fruit filled in and became nicely complex again, and the sour candy flavor was gone.
I got another bottle and, the day before I wanted to drink it, I opened it and poured the wine into another 750ml bottle, then stuffed the cork in the top. The next day, I decanted it about 1.5 hours before bringing it to a friends’ house for dinner. This process worked very well, as the wine was just starting to fully open when we sat down for dinner of beef stew.