As always, before we got down to the business of tasting the wines, we had plenty of good eats, thanks to our gracious host who served up all manner of grilled meats. Additionally, everyone was asked to bring a dish that would pair well with P.S., so there was a bit of everything! It’s always a pleasure to get a bite to eat, and catch up with everyone before our tastings!
The wines were blind-tasted in the following order. My tasting notes follow (click on the link for my detailed Cellar Tracker reviews and ratings):
2008 Guglielmo Family Winery Petite Sirah Private Reserve – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Clara Valley
13.2% alcohol. $25 Retail 405 cases produced
2008 Clayhouse Vineyard Petite Sirah Estate Show Pony Red Cedar Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
14.2% alcohol. Retail – $35
2008 Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Conservancy – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Livermore Valley
13.5% alcohol. $15 Retail. 6,000 cases produced
2008 Pedroncelli Petite Sirah – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
13.8% alcohol. $16 Retail.
2009 Kent Rasmussen Petite Sirah Esoterica Chavez-Leeds Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford $40 Retail
2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah Gamble Ranch – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
15% alcohol. Retail $35 291 cases produced
2008 Field Stone Petite Sirah Staten Family Reserve – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
15.5 % alcohol. Retail $35. 636 cases produced.
2007 Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah Mendocino – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
Retail $22. 390 cases produced
2010 Redtree Petite Sirah – USA, California, Sonoma County 12.5% alcohol. $8 Retail. 3,416 cases produced.
2009 Viña Robles Petite Sirah Estate – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
15% alcohol. $26 Retail. 3,352 Cases produced
2009 Lava Cap Petite Sirah Reserve Granite Hill – USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado
Alcohol 14.8% Retail $30. 447 cases produced
2009 Artezin Petite Sirah Garzini Ranch Mendocino County – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
14.2% alcohol. Retail $36.
After the scores were tabulated here’s the winner!…
Yes…an $8 wine bet out all the rest! By now, the results don’t surprise me, especially when a blind tasting is involved. This wine is a great value, and at $8 it could make a great everyday wine! I’ll definitely be looking for this one! You should too!
The order of finish for the runners-up was as follows:
- 2008 Field Stone Petite Sirah Staten Family Reserve
- 2007 Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah Mendocino
- 2009 Lava Cap Petite Sirah Reserve Granite Hill
- 2009 Viña Robles Petite Sirah Estate
- 2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah Gamble Ranch
- 2009 Kent Rasmussen Petite Sirah Esoterica Chavez-Leeds Vineyard
- 2008 Pedroncelli Petite Sirah
- 2008 Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Conservancy
- 2008 Clayhouse Vineyard Petite Sirah Estate Show Pony Red Cedar Vineyard
- 2009 Artezin Petite Sirah Garzini Ranch Mendocino County
- 2008 Guglielmo Family Winery Petite Sirah Private Reserve
The “Bonus” round!
After the main tasting was finished, we paired this “Port-style” dessert wine with two blue cheeses, Castellano Creamy Blue Cheese, and Trader Joes’s Aged Blue Cheese…
and two types of dark chocolates (one with 72% cacao, and one with 85% cacao) to see which pairing we preferred.
The wine was a hit! Here are my tasting notes:
2008 Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah Bella Dolce Mendocino – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
Deep dark garnet color with dark fruit, roast coffee aromas. Jammy decadent blackberry/blueberry cobbler and vanilla flavors. Long finish 18.5% alcohol. Made with organic grapes. Retail – $28 (87 pts.)
It was a toss-up between the Castellano creamy blue cheese, and the Valrhona Le Noir Extra Amer 85% cacao chocolate as to which of the chocolates and cheeses it worked best with. I can tell you that both disappeared rather quickly. For many it was their first time trying a blue cheese with red wine, and they found it to be a surprisingly delightful pairing!
All in all, it was a great tasting – with purple teeth all around! P.S. We Love You!
Look for Part 2 of the Petite Sirah Smackdown – Coming soon!
- Value Alert! Great Everyday Petite Sirah for $8! (enofylzwineblog.com)
- Petite Sirah resume, also to be part of the Petite Sirah timeline on psiloveyou.org (wine-blog.org)