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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Sexual Chocolate 2017$30.00
As you can see from the picture – the front label is a handwritten tome by winemaker, Brandon Allen. Here is what it says, “This bottle originated from a bootlegging operation my Buddies and I had in college. We started making wine knowing it would be used for late night drinking, and that the French are annoying. It took some time, but we finally perfected our Blend, and came up with this full bodied red that pairs well with Wednesday nights and pizza. We use grapes from all over California so we recomend [sic] this be drank [sic] immediately, and shared with girls.”
It’s not getting routine; it just keeps getting better. The 2017 Sexual Chocolate is pure hedonism in a bottle, but crafted with great care and consideration toward quality. Having made the blend for nearly ten years, winemaker Brandon Allen has developed just the right formula for a wine that delivers loads of flavor for a value. The 2017 vintage is mostly a Syrah blend that delivers an intense combo of ripe, dark fruit with a long, smooth finish. This is a wine that can hold its own but is also a most welcome addition to a variety of foods.
2016 Shypoke Petite Sirah Amelia’s Block Napa Valley California USA$42.00
Shypoke calls the Calistoga AVA home. Their dirt to bottle history began in 1904, when Peter Heitz’ great grandparents immigrated from Alsace and literally planted roots. Named after their daughter, Amelia Heitz, who helps craft the 2016 Shypoke Petite Sirah, Amelia’s Block. In the vineyard, she helps her grandfather “Nonno” tend to the vines. Opaque & rich in color. Aromas and flavors of ripe huckleberry, boysenberry and brown sugar. Magnificently judged ripeness, seemingly on the cusp of end-season richness, yet still married to early season freshness. Remarkable.
Corvidae Lenore Syrah 2017, Columbia Valley$15.00
Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. Their reputation as crafty, adaptable, and somewhat dubious characters is a fitting icon for the suspiciously terrific value wines from this region. The geology and climate here yields rich, complex fruit, with luscious fragrance and bright acidity. Sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, the Lenore Syrah is powerful and intensely concentrated. The hillside vines in Yakima contribute fragrance, texture, and purity of fruit flavors. The depth of flavor belies the paltry price-point. Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued babyback ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger. Of course she’s a beauty on her own as well.