2007 Artezin Petite Sirah

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.

About the Wine- From the Winery

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)

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