A zippy wine that features firm, ripe tannins to support a theme of licorice, blackberry, spice, menthol, cherry, chocolate, plum and peppery notes. On the finish, it’s a bit racy, with bright acidity keeping things lively until the end.
Minty at first, and herbal, the way a Cabernet can be, this Petit Verdot from Lodi is juicy and well made with licorice and spice and plenty of tannin structure. Its limp finish could signal the need for a bit more time in the cellar, perhaps 2–5 years.
Austere at first, even flowery, this Grands Amis Petite Sirah soon becomes more tannic and rough, its time spent in American oak evident, though the finish reveals some pleasing blueberry. Open this one up and let it breathe and pair with meaty meat.