A California “Earthquake” You Don’t Want to Miss- Michael David Winery 2008 Earthquake Petite Sirah

I usually write a small introduction as to what I am doing before/while I am tasting a wine.  I must start this review off differently by saying Earthquake 2008 Petite Sirah is a darn good wine so please keep reading.  You won’t be disappointed…

About the Wine- From the Winery

The 2008 Earthquake comes from a Lodi Vineyard planted in 1906.  It is 100% Petite Sirah  that was aged for 22 months in French Oak.  It has a 15.5% alcohol content and retails for $26.  For more info see www.MichaelDavidWinery.com

The Earthquake 2008

The Earthquake Petite Sirah has a smokey nose of dark cherry and ripe blueberries.  It tastes of olive tapenade with notes of tobacco, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.  This is a big Petite Sirah with smooth tannins and a long finish integrating the olive, black currants, pepper, and a hint of dark chocolate.  Such a complex wine and the myriad of flavors is brilliant. 

If you are looking for a fruity, delicate, wimpy wine then skip the Earthquake Petite Sirah.  But if you are a fan of big, complex, red wines that leave a lasting impression on your taste buds, please do yourself a favor and buy a bottle…it’s a steal for $26. 

My Wine Rating- A-

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample for review

Wednesday Night Wine- Bogle 2008 Petite Sirah

Continuing my journey through some of California’s best Petite Sirahs, I was a bit skeptical when a bottle of Bogle Vineyard’s 2008 Petite Sirah arrived.  It has a suggested retail price of $11 and, after some searching, I found it readily available for $9-10 a bottle.  In the past, I haven’t been find too many Petite Sirahs that deliver for under $15-20.  I was really hoping that Bogle would prove me wrong because I would love to find a Petite Sirah that is readily available and that fits everyone’s mid-week wine budget.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Bogle Vineyards has been producing Petite Sirah since 1978 and this vintage comes from their vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi.  The wine is 100% Petite Sirah with 13.5% alcohol content.  The wine was harvested in September and October of 2008 and released June 2010. (For more info visit www.Boglewinery.com )

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Bogle pours a very deep, dark purple.  The nose has sweet aromas of blackberries, boysenberries, and a hint of oak.  The wine has a nice balance from the open of the bottle.  This is full-bodied Petite Sirah with nice acidity.  On the palate are tastes of boysenberries and a hint of vanilla with soft tannins and a nice spicy oak finish.  The Bogle 2008 Petite Sirah really exceeded my expectations.  This is a fantastic wine for $11 and it will not disappoint.  I recommend you head out to your local wine shop or grocery store and grab a bottle to enjoy tonight!

My Wine Rating- B+

*This wine was sent to me by the winery as a sample

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.