This dense wine comes from a small producer in the Dry Creek Valley. A friend and I were wine tasting in the area in the summer of '03 and stopped in to see what this winery, unknown to us, was about. A very friendly frenchman was working the tasting room and we had a good visit. This bottle was about $20. A dark purplish-black with bits of sediment, this petite sirah has a nose of blackberry with a bit of brettanomyaces. In the mouth I'm getting the blackberry and other dark red fruits, acid and, as the wine opens up, the brett becomes more pronounced (not a positive). The tannins have softened to the point of being barely noticeable, as the fruit and acid dominate throughout the finish. While this is not the greatest petite sirah, it's nice to have something a bit off the mainstream from time to time.
Having lived in Northern California for 25 years, I've had an ever-increasing interest in wine (especially red) and wine-food pairings. My favorite varietals are Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Sonoma and Napa, Pinot Noir from Oregon, and Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone wines from France.