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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerConcannon Vineyard (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationCentral Coast
UPC Code(s)081908635471

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2011 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.4 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 35 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by shellylowen on 2/20/2011 & rated 85 points: simple fruity wine (1102 views)
 Tasted by wineislife on 12/6/2009 & rated 86 points: Not a wine that will change your life, but it has a solid QPR and improved nicely with some open bottle time. Has that nice dark Petite Sirah color, a reasonably nice bouquet, however it does flatten out at the end. As people scrape around for solid $10 wine values this one will work for many. (1409 views)
 Tasted by Mpoob on 8/9/2008 & rated 87 points: Very dark red in color. Forward, intense red fruit, good balance. Not real complex and or spicy. Very easy drinking. (1661 views)
 Tasted by GEMon on 7/6/2008 & rated 91 points: Deep purple with red around the edges. Strong scents of dark fruits. Very jammy with great tastes of black cherry (any maybe black raspberry) with well-rounded tannins. (1800 views)
 Tasted by Louisiana George on 4/13/2008 & rated 88 points: still fruit forward, blackberry, plum, with hint of blueberry throughout, rather dry on the finish after about an hour of decanting - much better than 6 months ago (1844 views)
 Tasted by dagfinne on 3/14/2008: god 83 - 85 (1659 views)
 Tasted by mclgreenville on 2/28/2008 & rated 88 points: Color: Dark Purple w/ deep reds
Nose: Welchs Grape jelly and hints of raspberry and blueberry.
Palette: Hedonistic !!!!!!
Nothing but grape preserves. Lots of sugar cane taste. Love it but too much. I could only drink 1-2 glasses at a time. A little over the top w/ the fruit forward business. (1672 views)
 Tasted by shalombethefire on 2/22/2008 & rated 88 points: Very savory with tannins, tannins, tannins and a solid oak body. Not peppery or spicy but just bold and rich and savory. Very little in the way of fruit so a tad one-dimensional but not bad. (1750 views)
 Tasted by ronpoz on 2/5/2008 & rated 85 points: A very decent bottle of red. Great price point makes this a good buy (3821 views)
 Tasted by bigwinnerx on 1/26/2008: Always enjoy this bottle. (1792 views)
 Tasted by pfitzer on 1/21/2008 & rated 85 points: Nice berry taste with some bite (1882 views)
 Tasted by Greg_O on 1/9/2008 & rated 88 points: Very dark purple colour. Huge American Oak and spice on the nose. Big black fruit up front which carries reasonably well to a decent finish. Some nutmeg component also coming through on finish. Acidity comes off as being a little too citric. Decent wine but a little boring. (2038 views)
 Tasted by eldiabloazul on 1/4/2008 & rated 88 points: Wow, decanting made a huge difference. Decanted one hour. Nice wine, much better than last bottle. Good fruit, no oak. Girlfriend commented that this bottle tasted better than a Beringer Private Reserve cabernet drank with dinner the night before...nice QPR. (2039 views)
 Tasted by eldiabloazul on 12/1/2007 & rated 82 points: Pretty forgettable wine. Needs to be decanted and aired out to open up. (2093 views)
 Tasted by Louisiana George on 8/10/2007 & rated 87 points: 6 months since drank 1st bottle and not changed very much - a little less dry on the finish, but still needing time to develop more - try again in 6 months (2275 views)
 Tasted by jfp on 8/9/2007 & rated 85 points: Dark purple color with mouth-staining inkiness. Aroma is oak and cedar on the front with some alcohol that comes through clearly. Jammy dark fruit is also there. Smells like a cab. Mouthfeel is muscular and grippy, almost tongue-curling. There's a generic flavor of oaked blackberry and a little bit of plum. Finish is pretty long and tannic.

Not a bad wine and a great match for something fatty and strong like peppery steak or a sharp cheddar. This was my first petit sirah, and I'm not blown away. It could easily have been an average mid-priced California cab. (2207 views)
 Tasted by dkeck on 8/7/2007 & rated 87 points: The wine has a nice nose of sour cher, red fruits and some wood odor. The wine has a very nice mouth feel and a nice sour cherry in the mid pallet and some cranberry flavors on the finish which did not last long and was very dry. I think it needs to celar two years. (2250 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/15/2007 & rated 82 points: Better than the Bogle PS, but that's not saying much. Not bad, but no distinguishing characteristics. You can do a LOT better for $12. (2328 views)
 Tasted by naberly on 5/21/2007 & rated 82 points: drank this bottle over 3 nights. day 1 very sour and jammy..much better and more balanced 2nd day. had the last glass on day 3 and there was nothing left. my best guess is I will drink my next bottle in another 6 to 12 months and decant for at least an hour before drinking. (2562 views)
 Tasted by Foster on 4/30/2007: Very dark red. Red and black fruits, dry slightly bitter finish. Overall just OK, this bottle completely fell apart on day 2, stewed fruit and raisins. (2478 views)
 Tasted by Wineman3 on 4/24/2007 & rated 88 points: Mellow, nice finish (77 views)
 Tasted by behm0027 on 3/13/2007 & rated 87 points: Color was a dark red with a purple hue. The nose contained aromas of bing cherry, plum, licorice, moss, a touch of cedar and vanilla. Cherry dominated the palate, complimented by notes of coffee, tobacco, and hints of sweetness. Initially very tannic, this Petite Sirah smoothed out after decanting for an hour. Vanilla, cherry, and nutmeg on finish. Good QPR at $10/bottle. Paired well with chocolate and walnuts. (2410 views)
 Tasted by bigwinnerx on 3/7/2007: Deep red, purple color. Let decant for 1 hour before drinking. First nose had deep black fruits. No dry finish. No bitterness. Some aged wood on the smell, not on the taste. Nose seems much deeper than the taste. (2295 views)
 Tasted by wineislife on 3/3/2007 & rated 86 points: Day 1: nice bluberry jam bouquet. Silky mouthfeel, fairly tannic which caused a flat, dry finish.
Day 2: black cherry bouquet, tannins more subdued, but still an inperfect finish.
For the price, this is a solid drinking wine that should age but not gain much. (2361 views)
 Tasted by Louisiana George on 1/26/2007 & rated 87 points: great color, nose was a little closed for 1st hour but opened a bit to show black and red fruit, taste hard to characterize, dry finish - will try to bottle age for 6 months and try again (2259 views)
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Concannon Vineyard

Producer website

Concannon Vineyards was founded in 1883 in Livermore, California and is a registered historical site. They were the first to bottle a varietal petite sirah in 1961. Owned by conglomerate The Wine Group, the Concannon family, including patriarch Jim Concannon, is still involved in running the winery, which produces several tens of thousands of cases a year.

Petite Sirah

Varietal character (Appellation America) | P.S. I Love You: A Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization

Petite Sirah is a variety of red wine grape grown in France, California, Israel and Australia. Recently, wineries located in Washington State's Yakima Valley, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, Mexico, Chile's Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula have also produced wines from Petite Sirah grapes. Though developed in France, it is nearly extinct there as of 2002, hanging on in limited plantings in the Isère and Ardêche regions of the Rhône Valley and in Palette, a tiny appellation in Provence. It is the main grape known in the US and Israel as Petite Sirah with over 90% of the California plantings labeled "Petite Sirah" being Durif grapes; the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms recognizes "Durif" and "Petite Sirah" as interchangeable synonyms referring to the same grape. The grape originated as a cross of Syrah pollen germinating a Peloursin plant. On some occasions, Peloursin and Syrah vines may be called Petite Sirah, usually because the varieties are extremely difficult to distinguish in old age.

The 'petite' in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine, which is particularly vigorous. The leaves are large with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters that can be susceptible to rotting in rainy environments. The small berries creates a high skin to juice ratio which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period. In the presence of new oak barrels the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.

Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic with firm texture and mouth feel. The bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, with plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color. The wines are very tannic with aging ability that can eclipse 20 years in the bottle.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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