Dark and rich, with plummy, tomato flavors and quite a bit of tannin. It’s very dry, with a real bite of acidity. Doesn’t have the stuffing for aging, but it is a big, clean bruiser of a wine, and will drink nicely with rich foods.
Distinctly hot climate “Pet,” a black wine with heavy aromas and flavors. Chocolate, jammy plums and blackberries, pepper and earth encased in soft tannins and acids. Fully dry, and the acids turn a bit harsh on the finish.
Drinks very soft, almost collapsed, in the mouth, but the flavors are pretty enough, suggesting a red cherry tart drizzled with vanilla and sprinkled with cocoa. The wine is fully dry, with dusty tannins on the finish.
The winery says the grapes were “focused” in the Arroyo Seco, and while you’d expect something crisper, keep in mind the heat of the vintage. The wine is very soft and chocolaty, with blackberry jam and cola flavors, and the finish is a little sweet.
Classic warm-climate Petite Sirah, this is inky-black, with bone-dry, hard tannins, yet it shows some softness. It bears blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper and cured meat flavors. A little rustic and one-dimensional, but fine for barbecue.