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.