My local favorite wine bar, CasaVino, had a Petite Sirah Tasting recently (7/2/08). A flight of 3 Petite Sirah’s, none of which I have tried before, but was anxious to try.
The First one up was the 2005 Dancing Coyote Petite Sirah from Clarksburg, CA. It is a deep velvet purple, bordering on black, incredibly dark with thick, prominent drip legs legs that its (13.5%) alcohol content demands. It is 99.8% PS, with 0.2% Zinfandel added.
The nose is surprisingly moderated, but not muted, dominated by blackberry & spiciness. The mouth exhibits moderate acidity and the tannins make their presence felt. It had a medium body that is a bit leaner than you expect in a PS. I got blackberry and mocha-cocoa flavors, with some spiciness.
The website also indicates a cherry jam and hint of mint in the flavors, which I didn’t get. Good finish. I give it an 87.
2005 Guenoc PS from Lake County (north of San Francisco).
The color is a dark purple with a dark garnet edge. Dark fruit (black and blue berries) and Plum aromas are a bit restrained on the nose. Gentle tannins in the finish make it a bit on the soft side for PS. A very short finish and it is only 13.5% ABV.
While drinkable, this is not a great PS, in my humble opinion. Out of the three wines, this was a very distant last.
I give it an 85, which is similar to its CellarTracker scores.
The Third Wine was a 2004 X Winery PS from Paso Robles.
Nice dark purple color with very expressive blueberry and plum aromas. Dark fruits on the palate with very nice tannins and very good finish (some cocoa).
100% Paso Robles. Only 571 cases produced.
Seems like a nicely balanced wine that can drink well now or be held for a while. However, 14.5% ABV makes it the highest ABV in the flight. But I didn't get too much alcohol during the tasting. I felt it deserves an 88, so that's what I give it.