Victor Hugo 2007 Petite Sirah

Petite Sirahs are becoming part of my daily routine and I am definitely not complaining.  Today I received a bottle of 2008 Petite Sirah from Victor Hugo Winery as a sample.  Victor Hugo Winery is a small, family winery in Paso Robles.  Vic started the winery in 1985 and continues to run it with his wife and family.  I don’t think I have ever had the opportunity to try their wines so I am ready to get started.

About the Wine- From the Winery

This wine is 100% Petite Sirah grown in Paso Robles.  It was harvested in Sept-Oct. 2007 and aged for 25 months in American Oak Barrels.  The wine has a 13.8% alcohol content and retails for $22.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Victor Hugo Petite Sirah pours an intense plum color.  The wine has a nose of berries with a heavy hit of spicy clove.  It definitely has a distinct nose as compared to the other Petite Sirahs I have reviewed.  The clove shows up immediately in taste as well.  This full bodied wine also has notes of black licorice, oak, and blackberry.  It ends with plenty of tannins and a dry, spicy finish.  The Victor Hugo is unique Petite Sirah.  If you are looking for a whimpy, fruity wine, this isn’t for you.  This definitely caters to those who love big, bold, and spicy flavors.

My Wine Rating: B

Vina Robles 2008 Petite Sirah

I received a bottle of Vina Robles 2008 Petite Sirah as a sample from the winery and something about the bottle made me want to open it…almost as if it signified that good wine was ahead.  I hope I am right as I sit down after an abnormally stressful day of work to enjoy it.   Vina Robles is a family owned winery founded in 1996 in Paso Robles.  For more info see

About the Wine- From the Winery

The Vina Robles 2008 Jardine Petite Sirah is from their Creston Valley Vineyards in Paso Robles.  The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels and has a 15% alcohol content.  It has a suggested retail of $26.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Vina Robles 2008 Petite Sirah pours a dark garnet.  It has an intoxicating nose filled with blackberries, blueberries, and vanilla with a hint of spice.  It has a taste full of big, dark fruit.  Ripe blackberries, plum, and dark cherry are surrounded with smooth, silky tannins.  It finishes with black pepper and a hint of nutmeg .  This Petite Sirah is very balanced, even with the 15% alcohol.  This wine is a great effort by Vina Robles.  It is ready to drink now but should age gracefully over the next few years as well. 

My Wine Rating- B+

A Great Weekend Wine- Estrella Creek 2004 Petite Sirah

It’s Friday evening and it’s been a really long week.  The first thing on my mind is relaxing and having a nice glass of wine (along with catching up on this week’s episode of Top Chef Masters).  Estrella Creek Wines generously sent me a bottle of their 2004 Petite Sirah as a sample to review.  I did a little research and this vintage received a couple of silver medals in 2009 so I am interested to see how it has developed into 2011. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Estrella Creek is a family run winery in Paso Robles that began in 1977.  This wine is from their 4M Vineyards and is 100% Petite Sirah.  It was harvested in Oct. 2004 and bottled in December of 2006.  The alcohol content is 14.1% and the wine retails for $29. 

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The wine pours a dark ruby.  It has a big, sweet nose of ripe blackberries.  It’s a very luscious smell that immediately makes me believe this is going to be a full-bodied, flavorful wine…and I am right on.  This wine is anything but “petite” (I just got it out and I promise I won’t use this overused saying about petite sirah again).  The Estrella Creek tastes of ripe blackberry, plum, and cocoa with just a hint of pepper at the end.  The tannins are smooth and refined.  This is a great effort by Estrella Creek.  It has developed nicely since bottling and is ready to drink now.  I think it’s a good buy and it won’t disappoint, especially if you are looking for a fruit forward wine.  I think I may even grab another bottle for myself…

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

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)