If you like dark wines, this is your jam! Notes of blackberry, tart blueberry, black pepper, dark cocoa, and subtle notes of vanilla bean and smoke make this wine something to be desired. On the nose you’ll find notes of blueberry pie, and faint hints of wet slate and black licorice.
Petite Sirah 2016
Food pairing notes
This wine has dense and bold tannins with a lengthy finish, what that means to you is you should pair it with darker meats and sauces, it can take it. Braised beef over horseradish mashed potatoes? For sure. Barbecue tri tip with bacon wrapped asparagus? Absolutely. Filet mignon with a blue cheese crust? Holy crap yes!
Petite Sirah is one of my favorite varietals, with its dark and inky look in the glass, blackberry and espresso like structure, and tongue-smacking tannic dryness. It’s one of my favorite stand alone glasses of wine to have, meaning I can just sit down with it at the end of a night and enjoy it for what it is. The fact that this one comes from Mendocino, once of the best spots in the world for petite sirah, is just icing on the cake.
Side note: Syrah and petite sirah are actually two different grapes, though they are actually distant cousins. Some might think the later is just a smaller version of the former, but they’d be wrong. Different grapes with different flavors and profiles, and that’s that.