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Petit Sirah picks

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 8:47 am in Uncategorized.

Per today’s column on my existential crisis surrounding wines that are and aren’t true to varietal, here are some details on the Petit Sirahs discussed. Enjoy!

– Concannon Heritage Livermore Valley 2004 ($54): This wine finished eighth overall in the Vintners Club blind tasting, but it was my No. 2 for its true-to-style black fruit, slight pepper and big yet supple age-worthy tannins.

If you’re looking for a lighter style of Petite Sirah, try these:

– Silkwood Wines, Stanislaus County 2004 ($42): This wine finished fifth out of 10 for its lovely balance of fruit and tannins. A pretty thing; try this wine slapped against herbed flank steak.

– Clayhouse Estate, Paso Robles 2005 ($26): This wine finished third for its strawberry jam nose and chocolate-covered cherry palate. Drink it alone or with barbecued chicken.

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  • Isabelle Kelley

    Have you heard about the Masters of Petite event that’s coming up in a couple of weeks in Napa? It’s sponsored by PS I Love You, which is an advocacy group for Petite Sirah. From their website, “Enjoy a walk-around tasting, followed by an intimate dinner with producers of vintage Petite Sirah, at Masters of Petite Sirah. This is a rare opportunity to sample vintage (10 Years or more) Pets, then dine and talk with producers about these fine wines. Only 200 tickets will be sold for this intimate event. There are 12 days left until this unique and exciting event! Masters of Petite Sirah will be held at Markham Vineyards on Friday, November 9, 2007. Tickets are $120 a person.”

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Yeah, thanks for mentioning it Isabelle. I won’t be able to make it this year, but if you go let us know your picks!