After a beautiful day, it’s time to grill some burgers and open a bottle of Artezin’s 2007 Petite Sirah. Artezin has kindly sent me a bottle of their wine as a sample to review. Artezin is part of the Hess family of wines and this Petite Sirah comes from the Ukaih Valley near Lake Mendicino.
Artezin 2007 Petite Sirah was grown in Mendicino County and is a blend of 87% Petite Sirah, 7% Zinfandel, and 6% Charbono. It was harvested in October of 2007 and bottle November 2008. The wine has 13.8% alcohol content and retails for $25. (for more info head to www.ArtezinWines.com)
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Artezin pours dark plum and the nose is very rich. There are aromas of plum, dark cherry, and blackberry. After first taste, I decide to decant the wine for an hour to let it develop a bit. It really smoothes out and is much more enjoyable. The Petite Sirah tastes of blackberry, dark currants, and a hint of tobacco. The dusty tannins are followed by lingering notes of cocoa. I do like the rich, earthy flavor of this wine but it would definitely benefit from a few more years in the bottle. This wine should age nicely with a little more time.
(My Wine Rating- B)