So this is my first post in a long time and my first of 2013 and I’m resolving to do this a little differently and have some more fun with the blog too. There are many flavors we find in wine – from the obvious oak, chocolate and vanilla to the more abstract starfruit. My goal this year (or for how long I can sustain it) is to select a different, unique flavor component every time that I find in the wine I drink. Also, I’m making this even more challenging – no basic, high level “hints of berry” stuff either.
This will challenge my palate…and let me know if you find anything similar in the wine you drink. Cheers.
For this Rutherford Grove Petite Sirah: Cherry Coke
Rutherford Grove is a great place to stop if you’re in the Napa Valley doing wine tastings. We have enjoyed their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the past and this Petite Sirah is right up there. Its round flavor profile with pronounced jamminess and an interesting vanilla-coffee on the finish tees it up to pair with most anything, or nothing for that matter. There’s noting ‘petite’ about it, this is a real winner from Rutherford Grove. Cheers.
Picked up this Spellbound Petite Sirah from the house of Michael Mondavi is a great buy for $14 and available in Pennsylvania right now for $11. I found this to have some floral scents and a herbaceous-ness to the taste. It’s nice and round though, with vanilla and berries as well. If you’re in PA, grab a few bottles “on the cheap” and if not, $14 is still very reasonable.
Last night, we were out with friends and opened one of the true treasures from our last Napa trip: the 2007 ZD Rosa Less Petite Sirah. This is one of those bottles that you can only get by visiting the vineyard and for $30 is a great purchase. It was a great wine to start the night with as it had a nice upfront berry, almost sweetness and a roll-off-your-tongue finish. I wish we bought a few of these rather than just one.