Category Archives: Petite Sirah

RECOMMENDED: Tamás Estates, 2009 Double Decker Red (includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Barbera), Central Coast, CA. 13.5% ABV. Around $10.

This is an interesting wine with fun contradictions. Maybe that’s one reason they named it “Double Decker!” First example: in the decanter, this big boy was nearly opaque and nearly black, yet in the glass, it was dark ruby-red with … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Project Paso 2010 Red Blend, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Paso Robles. 22% Grenache, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 9% Zinfandel, 8% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 4% Barbera, 2% Touriga Nacional. 13.8% ABV. $14, available for less than $10.

Y’know how red blends with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by the Cab most of the time? That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. I mean, if Robin Williams comes to your party, guess who’s going … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wine Guerrilla: The Art and Soul of Zinfandel. Three wines reviewed.

This week, we sipped our way through a flight of Wine Guerrilla wines: two Zinfandels, and Rebel Cru, a red blend. While most wines are like a good short story, these wines proved to be novellas. They opened with a … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Bogle Phantom 2007, California, 54% Petite Sirah, 43% Zinfandel, 3% Mourvedre. 14.5% ABV. $15.99.

If you’re looking for a Halloween wine, this is it. Although Bogle is in fact the winemaking family’s surname, they obviously have a lot of fun with it. Phantom’s fact sheet declares, “bogle \bõ’gul\ n. [Scots, perhaps from Welsh] A … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 2008 Bogle Petite Sirah, California (Clarksburg and Lodi). $8.99. 13.5% ABV.

There is nothing “petite” about Petite Sirah except the size of the grapes. (For more information about this varietal, please visit http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=481). We’ve reviewed two Petite Sirahs before: the Guenoc 2008 (linked above), and the Mettler 2005 (http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=500). We liked … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Guenoc 2008 Petite Sirah, Lake County, CA. 14.1% ABV. $14.99, available for as little as $10.98.

APPEARANCE: Deep violet color. Lovely tears. NOSE: A gorgeous aroma of blackberry and plum sauce opens up to reveal violets, oak, a little molasses, and just a whiff of big fat dark-fruit pies. TASTE: This wine is full-flavored, but despite … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: J. Lohr Estates, 2008 Los Osos Merlot, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, CA. $11.99, available for as little as $10.95. (81% Merlot, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah.)

This is by far the best Merlot we’ve ever tasted at this price, and it’s right up there at the top of the list of all the Merlots I’ve tasted to date. This dark ruby-colored wine has a rich aroma … Continue reading

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