I agree with Mootsie's assessment as I too had it this weekend and enjoyed it over 3 hours on day one and finished the rest up on day 2.
Initially on day 1 it showed floral, black pepper and iron/blood notes coupled with blackberry with black pepper really showing on the palate. The finish seemed short early on and the tannin was smooth. It really didn't come together until it had 2-3 hours of air.
Day 2, the wine showed more like Laube's note on it and it lost the floral, pepper and iron notes which was too bad.
Syrupy sweet at pop n pour. Developed some spice tones and tannins appeared with air. Simpler than I would have expected for a 9 year old wine. The '11 version of this wine is more complex and interesting. Who would have thought that a younger Petite would be the better wine? Day 2 update. The sweetness is gone replaced by a wine with much depth and loaded with tannins. A very different wine on day 2. Up 2 points. Great QPR at $30.
The wine is a very dark purple color, almost black. The very inviting nose has blackberries, blueberries, white pepper, baking spices, melted licorice, violets, and some dark chocolate. This is medium to full bodied with solid, ripe tannins and very good acidity. Ripe, juicy, spicy berries dominate the palate with some very nice licorice and dark chocolate coming through on the backend. The bright acidity and tannins keep the wine in check and actually makes it seem a bit lighter in body than the 15.8% alcohol lead me to expect. The wine has a long finish with the juicy berries and spices slowly fading. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden with just a touch peeking through on the finish. An outstanding Petite Sirah that is drinking perfectly today but with enough acidity and tannins to easily cellar for several more years.
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