What Do You Want On Your Petite Sirah?

Dense ruby with thin clear edges.  Moderately staining.  Long initial funk tapers off to a meld of deep fruit, and body.  Clean and mineral-ific with perfect spicy barnyard notes–warm straw and oats with molasses and a fair gob of intense, calibrated oak.  A bouquet of roses run over in the street.  Mouth-filling and supple but incredibly nuanced–rife with ripe fruit and still brightly acidic.  A lovely high note of sweet Mexican toranja soda leaves you torn between fruit and acid.  Fruit is so perfectly integrated it never comes off clammy or cloying.  No annoying jam or over-done tendencies.  It greys the area between overwhelming ripe and thinly structured so perfectly.  Amazingly clean and balanced.  Never do you wish for less of this or more of that.  It satisfies both classic prerequisites and modern desires in a red wine.  I have always been a fan of this grape and consistently watch in shock, surprise, and sometimes horror at how it is interpreted in the bottle. This one is different.  No juvenile purple fruit-forward supermarket/Ladies-Who-Lunch/trendy-unspecified-grape-profile here.  No black-tar unapproachable dense “Well, maybe it will smooth out in a decade” situation either.  This is quite possibly one of the finest Petite Sirahs I have tasted and certainly the best in recent memory.  No fatness lurking and tannin peering just-so-barely around the corner.  A superbe effort.  13-7 <–easy extra point.  The second ♦♦♦ wine this year.  Find some.

Purchased at Central Coast Wines in SLO


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