Varietal: 82% Petite Sirah; 7% Petit Verdot; 5% Sangiovese; 3% Syrah; 3% Zinfandel
Region: California, USA
Cost: $12 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, ﬂavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long ﬁnish. This big wine is anything but “petite.”
My Review: The 2010 Handcraft Petite Sirah, alone with their 2011 Chardonnay, showed up for me some time ago and while I sipped on the Chardonnay a little bit ago, I had been sitting on the Petite Sirah waiting for the weather to warm up as I had something very specific in mind for this wine – ribs.
Fortunately, this past weekend here in Richmond was absolutely gorgeous, and so on Sunday my wife and I threw some ribs on the grill and opened up the bottle of wine to enjoy out on our deck, with plenty of sunshine thanks to Daylight Savings Time.
pIn the glass the wine was a nice dark purple color, and on the nose I picked up aromas of pepper and dark berries. In the mouth the wine was jammy, and while the Zinfandel only accounts for a small percentage of the blend, it made itself known here. Plum and spice were the most noticeable notes, and they paired very well with the nice juicy ribs that I pulled off the grill.
The 2010 Handcraft Petite Sirah is by no means the best Petite Sirah I’ve had, but it’s a good value wine, especially as we move into the the warmer season and start grilling. Paired with ribs, hamburgers, or the like, this is a great wine for those family or neighborhood cookouts that are sure to start springing up before too long.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample.