Archive for September, 2011

2007 Cartlidge & Brown Petite Sirah

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I picked this wine up last weekend at BevMo for 8 or 9 bucks. I’m generally a fan of petite sirah, so I was happy to grab this on sale. The winery is in Napa, but the bottle doesn’t indicate the origin of the grapes.

The blurb on the back of the bottle led me to believe this would be a fairly bold, jammy wine, but it’s surprisingly soft and delicate. There are notes of raspberry, orange blossom, and jasmine, accompanied by soft tannins and a short but pleasant finish. This wine strongly reminds me of some of the better petite sirahs I’ve had from wineries like David Bruce. 91 points.

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2008 Concannon Central Coast Petite Sirah

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Another Trader Joe’s pick for $7, this was actually the second bottle I’ve had as I enjoyed the first one. I don’t have much else to say by way of context, so I’ll just get on with the review.

Despite clocking in at a fairly modest 13.5% ABV, there’s a noticeable bit of alcohol on the nose, but also hints of plum and rose hips. There’s a good balance of sweetness and acidity, plus additional notes of blackberry, raspberry, and jasmine. There are more tannins than I’d expect from a petite sirah, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it lingers on the palette in a good way. Obviously at this price and age it’s not the most complex wine in the world, but it’s a great everyday drinking wine that works well with pasta dishes or grilled meats. 89 points.

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