Category Archives: Petite Sirah

Two Distinguished Paso Robles Reds from Vina Robles

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  Two of their current-release red wines — crafted by winemaker Kevin … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Macchia Wines | “Dubious” | Petite Sirah | California | 2013 | $25 | 93 Points

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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Macchia Wines, a Lodi, California, producer specializing in Zinfandel, several Italian varieties, and select other red varietal wines, has released its much anticipated (by NWR, at least) 2013 vintage offerings, including this “Dubious” Petite Sirah. We had reason … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Two Big Reds from Macchia Wines | Sangiovese & Petite Sirah | California | 2012 | 91 pts Each

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Macchia Wines, located in Lodi, California, produces a range of Zinfandel bottlings, Italian varietals, and select other red varietal wines sourced from vineyards in the low-elevation Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the higher-elevation Amador County AVA. Macchia wines showcase … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY VALUE WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Petite Sirah | California | 2012 | $12 (Avg.) | 86 pts

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Bogle delivers a terrific value here — an affordable Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi that confidently expresses all the hallmarks of the variety. It is a fresh and savory red, with aromas of mulberry, red plum, and pine … Continue reading

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PICK of NAPA VALLEY: Selections from pureCru | Vintage 2010

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Last February we introduced you to pureCru, with our review of their impressive 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts). Several years ago, veteran Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino founded pureCru with several partners with an ambition to produce small-lot wines with fruit … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Langtry Estate | Guenoc | Petite Sirah | Lake County | California | $15 (Avg.) | 88 pts

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This appealing Petite Sirah hails from Lake County, California’s “undiscovered wine country” just north of Napa Valley. It is burly and expressive, with aromas reminiscent of dark fruit compote, cracked black pepper, and pine forest; and flavors that suggest ripe blueberry, cola, and black tea … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Vina Robles | Petite Sirah | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2010 | $26 | 90 pts

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  The winery’s 2010 Petite Sirah gave us a little taste of how … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA WINE PICK: Marietta Cellars | Petite Sirah | Alexander Valley | Sonoma Cnty | California | 2009 | $20 | 90 pts

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Marietta Cellars was founded by owner/winemaker Chris Bilbro in 1979, just down the road from the little town of Geyserville, in Sonoma County. Over the years the winery has grown as an all-in-the-family affair, and today Chris makes Marietta’s wines with his son … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Sheldon Wines | Petite Sirah | “Deviant Velocity” | Ripken Vineyard | Lodi AVA | California | 2007 | $28 | 90 pts

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Aromas: lushly aromatic, with notions of black raspberry, vanilla bean, black tea & lavender Character: dry; medium-full bodied; lean & elegant; moderate acidity & tannins; unfiltered; 13.6% ABV  Flavors: earthy, with notions of blackberry, cured tobacco, cocoa & graphite Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; roasted … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Phantom | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $17 | 87 pts

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Bogle has released its newest Phantom — a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (51%) Petite Sirah (47%), and Old Vine Mourvedre (2%) sourced from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg, and Amador County.  This is Bogle’s flagship red, produced in limited quantities and released each fall at a … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Skinner Vineyards | Petite Sirah | El Dorado County | California | 2010 | $36 | 90 pts

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Aromas: black pepper; Chinese 5-spice; graphite/pencil lead; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied; firm structure; earth/mineral-driven; bright acids & chewy tannins; integrated oak; 14.9% alcohol Flavors: blackberry; roasted red bell pepper; kalamata olive; bitters; lime zest; woodsmoke  Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; grilled beef, lamb, and vegetables; roasted pork; … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Lake County, California | Langtry Estate and Vineyards

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Ninety miles north of San Francisco and just over the mountains from Napa Valley sits Lake County, California, arguably the state’s least-recognized wine producing region.  Geographically isolated and rugged, the county is distinguished by the largest freshwater lake in California – “Clear Lake,” … Continue reading

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