A nice Petite Sirah out of Napa Valley.
This is a big, bold wine. It definitely needs food to accompany it. I first had it several months ago with a dry aged steak and it paired beautifully. It will go great with any steak/hearty beef dish. Chicken or pasta probably won’t hold up to it. Mediterranean pork might do the trick. Tonight, it went with……meatloaf.
Decanted for three hours prior to consumption.
Strong notes of blueberry and brambleberry on the nose.
Massive blueberry on the palate, accompanied by some brambleberry. There was an ever so slight touch of heat from the alcohol. This wine logs in at a massive 16.5% ABV. Despite the level, the alcohol isn’t everpresent and a few more years should temper it nicely. The heat I got this evening went unnoticed with the dry aged steak on my first tasting. Serves me right for pairing it with meatloaf.
The finish was medium with hints of tobacco, pencil, and smooth tannins. The tannins should mellow further with a few more years.
Overall, a nice wine, but big and bold. Not for sipping solo.
It retails in the $60-65 range.