Inky black, hard in tannins, bone dry and incredibly rich in smoked meat, blackberry, cassis and pepper flavors, this is, in other words, classic Petite Sirah. It’s brawny, but never loses its sense of poise. Will develop in the bottle for 20 years.— S.H.
A beautiful wine, it shows exquisite control at balancing green, minty notes with richer flavors of apricots, Meyer lemons, vanilla and toast. The finish is dry and tart.— S.H.
Tastes more like a full-bodied Pinot Noir than a Petite Sirah, a lightly silky, airy wine, with fine, smooth tannins and cherry, red licorice, cola and tobacco flavors. Even though it’s not particularly varietal, it’s still a very good, elegant wine.— S.H.
A bit on the soft, heavy side, with citrus fruit flavors that have a touch of green tobacco and peppercorn. Finishes very dry and rich, if a little eccentric. Drink this food-friendly wine now.— S.H.
Racy and rich, its citrus and tropical fruit flavors, accented with juicy acidity, suggest Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. There’s a lovely creaminess to the mouthfeel. With a slightly sweet, honeyed finish, it will pair well with Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese fare.— S.H.
Lots of tart, almost sour acidity in this Sauvignon Blanc. Gets the tastebuds whistling with savory flavors of lemons, limes and gooseberries, and is bone dry through the finish. Nice appetizer wine.— S.H.
This wine shows plenty of Petite Sirah-ness, from the dark color, dryness and hard tannins to the blackberry, leather and peppercorn flavors, touched with smoky oak. It’s difficult to enjoy now, being so tannic, so age it until at least 2022.— S.H.
An interesting wine by virtue of its oddball variety and the way it feels in the mouth. It’s bone dry and quite high in acidity, giving it an ultra-clean mouthfeel framing citrus and mineral flavors that are a bit vegetal. Needs stimulating food, especially umami-dominated.— S.H.