Tag Archive: Petite Sirah


This was a present from a friend of mine, Kevin Hamlin, another Sommelier.

This wine is one of those older bottles that just reminds you that all wine started out as a dream, in real hands, not just a tank, and machine press. This wine was made by the Rosenblum Family, back when the family still made the wine, not just paid others to do it for them. That’s why this wine is such a treat.

Rosenblum’s Rockpile Petite Sirah 2002 comes from the Northern Dry Creek Valley above Sonoma, CA, from 90 year old Petite Sirah Clones.

This wine appears ink black, rich and thick like great coffee with only the barest whispers of that almost milky aroma/flavor that some old red wines take on. I can smell the age, like a dusty library in the sun just as the thick burgundy velvet drapes are opened in an old ranch house with wooden floors. There are hints of blackberry jam, black plum flesh, oak, vanilla, coffee, and roasted nutty overtones.

Rockpile Petite Sirah goes beautifully with chocolate, and would also pair well with duck, lamb or venison. I had it with meatloaf tonight, and it was a perfect companion to the smokiness of the meat. What surprised me, was that it also was terrific with garlic bread. Since when do I EVER find something to go with garlic bread??? LOVE IT!

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Three Petite Sirah 2009

Three’s Petite Sirah 2009 is an interesting wine, from Concha Costa, CA. It’s big and juicy, like rich, hand squeezed blackberries, and edges of black velvet with figs and raisins. The alcohol in this petite sirah is high, 15.5%, and quite often, wine makers have a habit of over-compensating and making the wine syrupy. Fortunately, this wine isn’t one of those. Three’s Petite Sirah is a fruit bomb with a light, easy vanishing finish. I can’t say that I love it, but it’s headed in the right direction. The philosophy of Three is good, an attempt at uniting the components of making good wine. 1. Dirt, 2. Micro-climate, 3. sustainable growth.

This lovely wine accompanied dessert, though in retrospect it would have been better to allow it to stand alone in its glory. This Petite Sirah is full of cinnamon bark, black cherries, red plum flesh, boysenberries, anise seed, and sage. It opens to blackberries, dried figs, with a spice box that fizzles across the palate, with the round fullness of warm stretched black velvet over a warm embrace. McManis Petite Sirah comes from McManis Vinyards in California and is aged in used and new French oak.

McManis Petite Sirah was recommended to me by one of the patrons, (a very dear gal) of the wine section I attend to, who was waiting on myself and a guest. She was dead on when she said that the McManis was drinking very well. It  brought the whole evening together, to have a recommendation from a customer in a different setting.

Note: Wine isn’t just juice in a bottle, it’s about the experience accompanying said nectar.

Heavy Weight 2009 is a shockingly simplistic yet satisfying blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Babara, and Petite Sirah. Presenting as a deep garnet velvet, this wine opens with a masculine musk, big nad meaty. It’s heavy with berry flavors, wafts of old cigar smoke, and is juicy with red currant flavors with notes of the tang and sweat of worn leather. This is an aptly named wine, and though it lacks finesse, some nights, that’s just what the doctor ordered.

I discovered this brilliant wine with a boxer on the label at the Windbag Saloon, historically known as Big Dorothy’s Whorehouse. Big Dorothy was Helena’s last madam, running her rooms and saloon from the 50s to the 70s, as well as donating to many local charities and finding herself rather popular among the citizens. The Windbag has it’s own wine label, with a picture of Big Dorothy. Heavy Weight is the wine I order every time I step foot in the Windbag.

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