Saxum is one of my favorite wineries so no surprise, but this is outstanding. It has really opened up since last tried reinforcing my belief that despite what some say, these big reds are best after ten years in a good cellar. This is made from 79% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne grapes. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, roasted meats and slight violets. On the palate, the texture is wonderful. Velvety with excellent acidity. Complex and layered, this unwinds in the glass. And, it is delicious with black raspber
2016 Halcon Vineyards Petite Sirah Tierra Theopolis Vineyard, USA, California, Mendocino, Yorkville Highlands, Wine Review
I absolutely loved this wine. And for $32, this is a great value. What I like about Petite Syrah is that it is not as boisterous as Syrah but in a similar vein. The two grapes are not (at least closely) related. Many times it seems Petite producers try to "correct" for this and get too much ripeness. It is a fine line, but this wine really does a wonderful job of expressing the true qualities of Petite. It does need some air and time to open, so keep that in mind if drinking now. Or better yet, cellar a few bottles and open them in ten years! Inky purple in color. The nose has blac
This is a "Port" like wine from Israel. We served it at our Seder with a flourless chocolate tort and it was an excellent match. This is made from Petite Sirah grapes. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark chocolate, alcohol and raisins. On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying. It does have a fair amount of heat but it settles a bit with air. Some depth. It is a very interesting wine and proved popular at the table. Our wines were limited to Kosher and from Israel, so this was a nice find. Perhaps a bit pricey, but so it goes.
Sometimes its good to have an inexpensive red wine on hand. This is ok. Certainly not for everyone though. It is a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Purple in color. The nose is nice. A bit meaty with black raspberries and some baking spices. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Made for immediate drinking. Black raspberry fruit. Probably better on its own than with food. For $15, it is fine.
This has 80% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, and 4% Carignane. It is drinking just wonderfully right now. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dust, leather, slight earthiness and cherries. On the palate, this is fresh with vibrant fruit and light tannins. Black raspberries, slight peppery notes and a nice warm earthiness to it. Good balance. Nice finish. Just a lovely wine. It won't get better but should continue to mature and evolve over the next decade. Will work with almost any food at this point.
Normally, its better to let Saxum's wait ten years from vintage to really get the best but the Paderewski is a different animal. It is 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 8% Tempranillo. Because of that it changes as it ages with the Zin showing more in its youth and fading a bit back with time. This bottle was beautiful. Purple in color. The nose is deep and intoxicating with black cherries, roasted meats, leather, black raspberries, black pepper and cherries. On the palate, this has a lush chewy texture. Delicious. Lots of fruit right now with black cherr
This is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache. It is a very drinkable wine that lists 13.5% Alc. It retails for around $10 and this is a great value. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, cocoa and plums. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Light tannins. A nice varietal complexity. Tart acidity. Long finish. This probably should be drunk in the next few years. Will work with a wide variety of foods. Easy drinking and fun.
This is really drinking well right now. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, underlying graphite and slight black pepper. On the palate, there is nice black raspberry fruit. Good texture. Plenty of depth. Still drinking on the young side of maturity. Medium tannins. Good acidity. Worked well with food. Not a monster wine but plenty of fruit and delicious. Still some development to go and possible upside.
Sean Thackrey is one of the world's great winemakers who hangs out in Bolinas California. This is basically a field blend of what doesn't make his top Cuvees. Although it is non-vintage, each Cuvee carries a Roman Numeral designate. This is XI, but the current release is XXV. This wine is approximately 16 years old and was really made to be drunk in the first few years. Sometime, however, wines hide in the cellar only to provide a pleasant surprise later on. It was originally claimed to be a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Carignan, and Barbera, however, DNA testi
I haven't had this in a few years but it hasn't changed it seems. This retails for around $25 and for people who like this style, this is a great price point. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black raspberries and cherries in a very perfumed liqueur package. Also plenty of "toasty oak". On the palate, this is warm but juicy. Plenty of red berry pie filling. Plenty of toast and spice. Medium tannins. Easily gulpable. More of a love it or hate wine perhaps, but those who love it will drink bottles (and add 2 or 3 points to the score) and for those who don't, one glass will sti