Gustafson Family Vineyards is a small, family run winery in the Dry Creek Valley. Each of their wines are estate grown on their sustainably farmed vineyard. I was excited to have the chance to try their 2009 Estate Petite Sirah (as well as their 2012 Estate Rosé of Syrah…tasting notes to come soon). It is 100% Petite Sirah aged in both French and American Oak. I am glad Gustafson came across my radar (and palate!) because they are definitely a winery worth checking out!
A deep purple in the glass, this Petite has intense aromas of dark fruit, cedar, and earthy herbs. The palate is loaded with flavors of chocolate, sweet oak, leather, and dark berries. Big on flavor yet balanced with many different dimensions! ($28, 14.38% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – B+/A-
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with ribs, spice-rubbed leg of lamb, or dark chocolate.