Gustafson 2009 Estate Petite Sirah

Gustafson Family Vineyards is a small, family run winery in the Dry Creek Valley.  Each of their wines are estate grown on their sustainably farmed vineyard.  I was excited to have the chance to try their 2009 Estate Petite Sirah (as well as their 2012 Estate Rosé of Syrah…tasting notes to come soon).  It is 100% Petite Sirah aged in both French and American Oak.  I am glad Gustafson came across my radar (and palate!) because they are definitely a winery worth checking out!


Tasting Notes

A deep purple in the glass, this Petite has intense aromas of dark fruit, cedar, and earthy herbs.  The palate is loaded with flavors of chocolate, sweet oak, leather, and dark berries.  Big on flavor yet balanced with many different dimensions!  ($28, 14.38% alcohol)

My Wine Rating – B+/A-

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with ribs, spice-rubbed leg of lamb, or dark chocolate.

*Media Sample

A Juicy Syrah from Big House

I want to feature a few posts that make some recommendations for end of summer BBQ’s and Labor Day weekend celebrations.  It’s a great time of year to spend some time outside with friends and family before the weather cools down and a nice, affordable bottle of wine will always assure a better time for everyone.  Big House kindly sent me a bottle of their 2009 “The Slammer” Syrah and I thought it would be a great wine to start with.  

About the Wine- From the Winery

Big House “The Slammer” 2009 Syrah is 100% Syrah from the Central Coast of California.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $9.99.  For more information see

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Slammer pours a deep plum color in the glass.  It has a powerful nose with notes of dark berries, vanilla, and nutmeg.  The palate is smooth and juicy with tastes of ripe blackberries, plum, and a hint of oak.  The finish is spicy and the berry flavors continue through.  This uncomplicated Syrah doesn’t offer a lot of dimensions but it doesn’t need to.  It’s readily available for around $8 and, in my opinion, it’s a perfect crowd pleaser for your Labor Day festivities.  Open a bottle and enjoy the rest of the summer.

My Wine Rating- B-

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs nicely with buffalo burgers, barbecued spare ribs, or a pizza off the grill. 

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review