This wine wins a lot of awards and makes a lot of friends—understandably. It is broad, unctuous and loaded with butterscotch and toasted-nut barrel flavors. The fruit can take it; it’s ripened to a healthy 14.2% alcohol.
A bold, brawny Petite Sirah from the Sierra Foothills, this is gigantic and muscular. It has big expressions of milk chocolate and red raspberry, with puckering tannins that are interesting and built to age. Licorice, spice and a hint of smoky violet mark the rest of its profile.
Fruit forward aromas of blueberry compote, blackberry and boysenberry blend notably well with a savory note of feral raw meat. On the palate, juicy acids make the berry flavors pop, while the chewy but integrated tannins set up the structured finish.
Loads of burned licorice, smoke and petroleum aromas here—if you’re a non-smoker, you should probably steer clear of the ashy bouquet. Ashy, sour cranberry and citrus notes dominate the palate, and the medium-length finish.