Here’s a deeply flavored, fat, opulent young Syrah. It’s quite soft in structure, and has decadent chocolate, black and red currant, prune, grilled meat and spice flavors. High alcohol makes for some heat. Drink now.
Shows ripe, briary, almost Zinfandel-like wild berry, raisin, cocoa and spice flavors wrapped into sturdy tannins that lead to a dry, peppery finish. Not particularly Cabernet-esque, but a robust wine for barbecue.
Big and tight and intense, a bottle for serious Petite Sirah lovers only. True Vine’s wines are estate grown and aged for two years in American oak. Big and ageworthy. Marco Cappelli is the winemaker.
Let this heavyweight open; its tannins are tight at first, a showcase of its mountain heritage and more savory personality. Clove and ripe fruit battle against dark coffee and chocolate and those scrappy tannins, which don’t ever relent.
Grown at 2,400-feet elevation from Italian budwood, this Dolcetto, so common to Piedmont but almost unheard of in California, is muy grande, with mountainous tannins and flavors of coffee and toffee and bright notes of cranberry and cherry.