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posted 03-09-2011 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
WOW!! 2 in one day...I feel honored ( she bows). Thanks very much for the conversation, both of you. The color of PS has always intrigued me...it is SOOO dark and then "thin" which I think disappoints my brain as well as my palate. I suspect that has a lot to do with my disfavor of it...that and the highly tannic experience that we had. OOOOH MAN! As I recall, battery acid was one of the descriptors we used.
Wolfman, is that Praeger Port over in Napa that you are referring to? Our sudden interest in port-style wines may take us there next trip so if that's the place I will look for the Petite Sirah as well.


posted 03-09-2011 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Mr. Damombo opened a 2007 Sterling Petite Sirah this evening.
I don't know that we have ever purchased a Petite Sirah as a choice while at a winery. This was a club shipment.
I'm enjoying it - definitely an "inky" color: dark dark purple. The nose is dark fruit - definitely blueberries. This one has smoothed out the tannins. The mouth feel is a little thin, and there really isn't a long finish, but it tastes good
That would be all that I currently know about Petite Sirah...


posted 03-09-2011 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I see everyone is ignoring you! I will do my best to answer your question. After my recent trip to Napa/Sonoma, I can see why you might get turned off by some Petite Sirahs. I think I have been lucky in the past with the ones I tried. I find the color to be very "inky", very very dark (which has nothing to do with the taste of course) and usually a very nice fruit flavor. Maybe not quite as "jammy" or fruit forward as some of the Zins I like, but I guess it just depends on the wine maker. A couple I tried on the trip were too dry, too much tanin I guess. But some of these probably also needed to breath for awhile and some were current release also, so maybe in a couple of years they would be better.

As far as examples, I will have to work on that. My favorite for a long time has been Consilience from Santa Barbara county. I know I tried many in Napa/Sonoma, so I am sure I can find one in my notes. Prager had a really nice full bodied Petite Sirah if I remember correctly.


posted 02-28-2011 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok...I am seeing an awful lot of conversation about this grape of late, so I have to learn more about it. I have had it twice and just HATED it....I think I either missed something or had bad experiences. Tell me what you like about it and a couple of "Best examples". We never drink it at Harvest Fair because we were just sure it wasn't for us, so I'm willing to try if y'all will tell me who's is good and why.


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