(From 2012 Vintage) The 2012 California Petite Sirah jumps out of the glass with aromas of blueberry, blackberry and red cherry. In the mouth, the wine is bright and fruity, with a touch of earthiness and oak revealing a long smooth finish.
(From 2011 Vintage) Replete with notes of dark and ripe plummy fruit, toasted coconut, and roasted almonds and Brazil nuts...with a touch of kalamata olive thrown in on the finish. Medium to full-bodied, it has a viscous mouth-feel that is somewhat, well, "oily" in its impression (hence, the Brazil nuts), but not in an off-putting way. Rather, the toasty, roasty, oily character of this wine is what I've come to expect from a well-made PS. How enjoyable this wine would be sitting before a campfire, roasting marshmallows...or perhaps chestnuts. A fitting winter wine, indeed. Lake County, California - where this wine's grapes were grown and the wine itself was made - excels in PS, and this wine is a worthy starting point for exploring what this emerging wine region is capable of.
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