I graciously received a bottle of 2007 Field Stone Staten Family Reserve Petite Sirah as a sample from the winery. I have dabbled in Petite Sirah but I haven’t really tried as many as I would like. Field Stone is a family-run winery in Healdsburg. According to Field Stone, this Petite Sirah was grown from a rocky, red, clay soil vineyard in the Alexander Valley planted in 1894. I haven’t visited the winery yet but it is definitely on the list since small, family vineyards in Sonoma happen to have been some of my favorite tasting experiences in the past.
About the Wine- From the Winery
The wine is described as big, bold, and expressive with flavors of black cherries, ripe plums, and tart blueberries. The wine was harvested September 20, 2007 and was aged for 18 months in American Oak. The alcohol content is 14.9% and there were 633 cases produced. Retails for $35.00 (for more info check out the site at www.fieldstonewinery.com )
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The wine pours a beautiful dark, deep purple. It has a nose of sweet blackberries, vanilla, and a little spice…the aroma makes you want to taste the wine. The wine has a big berry and fruit taste filled with cherries, blackberries, and tart plum. It would pair great with a nice rack of lamb or roasted duck. The tannins are young but smooth and the wine has a nice long finish. I would recommend decanting the bottle for a couple of hours to let the tannins develop. In my opinion, this wine is worthy of drinking now and would also be a great wine to cellar for a few years. I really enjoyed this wine and it is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a bold and flavorful Petite Sirah.