Mutt Lynch “Man’s Best Friend” MBF Petite Sirah 2016
If you're not familiar with Petite Sirah, there is nothing petite (small) about it. The grape produces rich, complex and age-worthy wines that are dense in character and color. The 2013 Reserve “mbf” Petite Sirah exhibits these qualities. Produced from the Perotti Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, this wine exhibits flavors of dark plums, dried herbs, licorice and pepper spice. Delicious!
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William Knuttel Petite Sirah 2013, D. Rafanelli Vineyard$40.00
We have long appreciated the wines that William Knuttel makes – always small production, high quality. Add in fruit from Rafanelli Vineyards and you have a winning combination. The 2013 Petite Sirah, D. Rafanelli Vineyard, Rex & Amarica Block has aromas of blackberry and ripe pomegranate, black plum and black cherry, with well-integrated oak and toast. The wine is opaque, nearly like India ink, with black and deep purple hues. The velvety tannins are meshed in intense blackberry, black cherry and licorice flavors, and the well-balanced finish lingers while concentrated fruit explodes on the palate.
Truchard Estate Syrah 2017, Carneros$34.00
The 2017 vintage is nearly identical to the outstanding 2016 harvest! A dry winter followed by a warm, dry spring resulted in excellent berry set and an above average crop. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season easily brought the fruit to full maturity. The wines of 2017 are elegant, with intense aromas and flavors. A complex nose of cassis, ripe cherry, and black plum; with a hint of vanilla, leather, and white pepper. The mouth is layered with jammy flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and currants; followed by mineral and cracked black pepper. Mouth-filling tannins provide an opulent finish of fruit and spice.
Trentadue La Storia Petite Sirah 2017, Alexander Valley$29.00
The 2017 La Storia Petite Sirah was made by blending together most of Trentadue’s best blocks of Petite Syrah including some Zinfandel and Syrah.
Petite Sirah grapes are very sensitive to dry weather conditions which were exaggerated this year due to our deficit irrigation practices. The 2017 Petite Sirah berries were very small and slightly dehydrated resulting in an impressive wine with very dark, opaque color, beautiful nose of concentrated blue berries and blackberries that leads to a full body mouth feel with engagingly soft tannins. After short aeration the nose opens up with the addition of cocoa, slight earthiness followed by brown sugar and a touch of vanilla-contribution of the new oak barrels. Overall the aromas are of fresh dark fruit and very attractive. Longevity, if stored properly, is one of the virtues of this variety and it will give you the most enjoyment in 5-8 years.