RECOMMENDED: Mettler Family Vineyards 2005 Petite Sirah, Lodi, CA. Available for as little as $17.33. 14.2% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Deep violet, medium-bodied, luscious legs.
AROMA: Pipe tobacco, oak, huge fruit; gives the impression of a soft yet huge, dry Merlot.
TASTE: Unexpectedly sweet (much different from the nose): cola, sweet blackberry, molasses. Big and concentrated, fruit forward. Round and mouth-filling. Surprisingly soft tannins. Silky, creamy mouthfeel. Fairly full-bodied; begs to be chewed.
FINISH: Slightly spicy, somewhat long, with lingering black fruit flavors.

This is almost the reverse of the Guenoc 2008 Petite Sirah we reviewed on October 6th. This one has an oaky, dry, full-bodied nose, yet it’s sweet and barely tannic at all on the palate. (The Guenoc was also a contradiction: it smelled sweet, yet was completely un-jammy and highly tannic.)

How can so many styles come from one grape? Once again, the Frugal Wine Snob is amazed and stumped by another individual example of a wine, and once again, she is reminded why she avoids numerical ratings, as wines are so incomparably individual.

LABEL NOTES: The Mettler Family heritage honors over 100 years of farming in Lodi with the release of this bold and distinct Petite Sirah. Our Petite Sirah is full of rich flavors and aromas, destined to excite your palate. We invite you to taste our tradition of wine grape growing, brought to your table. Enjoy!

WEB: www.MettlerWine.com

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