They should just not bother to put vintage dates on Petite Sirah. The wines just don't age! This one, 12 years old, is still youthful, fruity, dense, dark as a moonless night, voluptuous, sexy, spicy, and almost perfect for the varietal. What can I say. Enjoy more Petite Sirah in your life and you'll enjoy your life more. Amen.
My last one. Opened about an hour ago, and man, this is of a leaner expression which matches my perception of the wine from a few years back, too. Has the dark SR fruit, but it's almost crunchy-like and chalked with iron and tension. Fortunately, this will be poured about 4 hours from now, and we'll see how it does. More syrah like at this point that what can often be decadence for SR PS.....another 24 hrs of slow ox air and having finished dinner, just enjoying now this wine as a nightcap, so to speak. I know these wines can get big, sometimes even boozy for me, but this 2003 is just fine. At room temp, and I let all the cellar chill fall off this wine and allowed it to get to room temp (70f), there is no booze signature here at all. Lots of dark blackberry, some dark plum and light chocolate, iron and a light brushing of tannin. This is listed at 14.8% on the bottle, and I would offer this is pretty close, maybe a few tenths into 15% but this is not the 'big' kind of SR: dark, lots of fruit but isn't as dense as the bigger years. This is now over 10 years old and is for me drinking great, with some light structure. Make of that what you want and I do like to drink my wines younger, so with that said, I say this is in a nice spot.
Pop and pour. A lot of sediment. Huge spicy blackberry nose. A joy to drink right out of the gate. Big ripe blackberry fruit with lots of spice and tannin. Great balance and harmony. Foie gras brings out even more complexity. Terrific wine.
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