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…