McCay Cellars 2008 Petite Sirah

McCay Cellars generously sent me a bottle of their newly released 2008 Petite Sirah as a sample from the winery.  McCay Cellars is a small family winery in Lodi, CA.  They have made quite a good name for themselves as a boutique winery and recently took home 8 medals for all 8 wines they entered into the Finger Lakes International 2011 Wine Competition.  Upon reading the results of the competition, I was excited to try their new Petite Sirah. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

This wine is grown in sandy loam soil in Lodi, CA.  The wine was barreled 10/21/08 and bottled on 2/25/11.  It is 100% Petite Sirah and has a 15.7% alcohol content.  The bottle retails for $24.00. (for more information check out their website at www.mccaycellars.com )

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

It’s a cloudy Easter afternoon (a rarity in Southern California) as I sit down to open the bottle.  The wine pours a deep plum and has a sweet, fruity and nose with hints of spice.  You can appreciate aromas of blackberry and blueberry.  This Petite Sirah definitely benefits from some decanting time.  The nose sweetens and the wine develops as an hour or two passes.  The wine tastes of prune and tart blackberry and ends with a spicy finish.  The wine has smooth tannins and the sweetness of the prune lingers after the spice in the finish.   A little less complex and developed than the some pricier and older vintages but for $24.00, I think is it a great buy.  I imagine this wine could be cellared for a bit to allow it to mature fully but there are also plenty of good reasons to drink it now.  This wine is giving me a good excuse to avoid the cloudy day and relax while I enjoy the rest of the bottle.

A Great Way to Start My Petite Sirah Tasting Journey

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.