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Melanie's Wine Reviews

Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ July 25, 2007 ~ Petite Sirah, go big or go home


Melanie Hoffman

Christopher Creek Winery, 2005 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley ~ Pur-ple, inky and intense hues of purple and indigo. An enticing nose of lilacs, coffee, and dark cherries. Medium to full in body and chewy. Cassis dominates the front of the palate with a long berry jam finish that lingers for days. $30.00

Concannon Vineyard, 2004 Petite Sirah, Limited Release, Central Coast ~ A beautiful deep red with a tinge of blue. The nose opens with honeycomb and raspberries that lead way to toasty oak and berry pie. This medium bodied wine has good structure and soft approachable tannins. The rich mouthfeel expresses more red fruit and a hint of blueberry and cream in the supple finish. $13.99

Field Stone Winery, 2002 Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley ~ Striking violet hue. Earthy nose with hints of leather and ample black fruit. This full bodied Petite has a nice tannin structure. The palate offers jammy fruit and ripe plums with a long-lasting finish. $35.00

Foppiano Vineyards, 2004 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley ~ Dazzling ruby red. Abundant blackberries with creamy vanilla oak in the nose. Bright acid and dusty tannins lead way to blueberries, blackberries and dark chocolate, with a finish that continues to the next sip. $23.00

F. Teldeschi, 1999 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley ~ Deep garnet hue. Nose opens with cassis and leather that expand into earthy forest floor and a touch of peppermint. Medium in body with easy tannins. Pleasant bright acid on the palate with blackberry jam on toast and a fleshy mouthfeel. Soft finish of violets and a touch of dusty earth. $32.00

Huntington, 2005 Petite Sirah, CA ~ Red leather boots. Expansive nose of berry pie with touches of Mission figs and rose hips. This medium bodied wine offers soft tannins and opens with black currants that develop into fresh blackberry preserves with a finish that won’t quit; long and lively. $17.00

Pedroncelli, 2002 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley ~ Blue tinged amethyst. Berry bush blossoms, white pepper and mint rule the nose. Lighter bodied quaffer expresses raspberry, toasty oak and dust tannins. Berries and cream finish. $14.50

Silkwood Wines, 2002 Petite Sirah, Lodi ~ Deep burgundy satin. Intriguing bright red currant nose that leads way to caramel and black cherries. Delightful cherry pie on the palate with vanilla cream in the finish. Soft tannins and an equally soft finish of wild blackberries. $24.00

Trentadue – La Storia, 2003 Petite Sirah, AV ~ Deep, dark and macabre. Nose opens with blueberries, vanilla and a whisper of eucalyptus. Well balanced full bodied wine with a good tannin structure. Palate is evenly balanced with nose with added touches of sweet oak and cocoa powder. Long smooth finish. $28.00

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  1. Andy Perdue says:

    “A group of us had a Petite Sirah-focused dinner a few weeks ago