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.
Next up on my Petite Sirah tasting journey are two picks from Parducci. Parducci was founded in 1932 in Mendocino County and they offer a few different bottles of Petite Sirah. I had the chance to taste their 2009 Small Lot Blend and True Grit Reserve. Both are solid picks at great price points!
Parducci 2009 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah pours an inky, reddish-purple in the glass. The nose features ripe, dark fruit and hints of vanilla while smooth tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and black pepper envelope your palate. I tried this over the course of two nights and it definitely opened on night two! (B+, 14.5% alcohol, $25)
Parducci 2009 Petite Sirah Small Lot Blend is 90% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, and 5% Syrah. It has warm aromas of cherry and spice and a palate of dark fruit and cedar with a kick of black pepper. The long, spicy finish leaves a lasting impression that will make you come back for more. Both a balanced wine and a great value! (B+, 13.5 % alcohol, $12)
I have been sipping wines from Lioco for the past couple of years and have become a pretty big fan of the wines they produce. Over the weekend, I imbibed in a couple of glasses of their 2012 Indica Rosé. It is 100% Carignan and retails for around $17 a bottle.
This naturally made Rosé opens with attractive aromas of red berries, rose petals, and citrus. On the palate, there are clean flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and licorice with healthy acidity. Really enjoyable and refreshing. Don’t pass this by just because the weather has cooled down…it is excellent any time of year!