October’s Featured Wines – First Flight

Sorry this is a few days late, but I had so many delicious wines last month that I couldn’t decide what to feature.  I know, I know… what a terrible problem to have.  I’m just lucky enough to have friends who love wine as much as I do and love to try new wines as much as I do.  In fact, if anyone reading this is in South Florida, I highly recommend trying The Naked Grape in Wilton Manors.  My dear friend and “partner in wine”, Nicole, introduced me to this cute little wine & tapas bar where we tasted the wine featured here today.  So, I’m paying it forward and sharing with our South Florida friends.  As for the discovery we found there, read on…

Priest Ranch Petite Sirah – 2009

What They Say:  Our Priest Ranch Petite Sirah offers aromas of warm blackberry pie and soft ripe plum.  The palate, offers flavors of black cherry, anise, and allspice all balanced wonderfully with its polished tannins.  The finish is sultry and spicy with a hint of chocolate.

(This is technically a description for their 2008 vintage which is what is on the website.  I’m including in lieu of a 2009 review.)

What We Say:  Wine guru Robert Parker gave both the 2007 & 2008 vintages a rating of 95 and 92 respectively.  He says that the wine could improve with some aging and I have to say I think the 2009 falls right in line with that recommendation.  However, you won’t be disappointed drinking it soon after purchase.  My friends & I ordered a bottle of the Priest Ranch Petite Sirah, but realized after a few sips that the wine (and our experience) would be better served if the wine was decanted.  Thankfully, we were in a wine bar where decanters were readily available.  What a difference that made… Giving it some time to open in the decanter really brought out the true flavors of the wine; jammy fruit upfront with a spicy finish.  We thoroughly enjoyed this wine and it went well with the array of tapas we ordered.  In fact, we ordered a second bottle of another Petite Sirah and it was a let down after the Priest Ranch.  Go with what you know!

Blend Information:  100% Petite Sirah

Region:  Napa Valley

Price Point: $36.99 at winehouse.com

Website:   www.priestranchwines.com



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