18 September 2005

2003 Crane Lake Petite Sirah

Continuing my run through the bargain offerings from Crane Lake, I decided to give the 2003 Petite Sirah a try. This isn't on the floor at our local shop, but the owner is keeping a couple of cases in the back for friends. And who couldn't resist the temptation to try a $4 Petite Sirah? I've got to say that it's quite good. Not as good as the $10 bottles from Bogle or Concannon, but a solidly built wine in its own right. Blackberry aromas with a matching, jammy flavor. Deep purple color, and well-rounded tannins. And yes, it stains your tongue dark blue if you have more than a glass.

I had two bottles this weekend, one with New York-style pizza and one with some boneless ribeyes. Three other people tasted this wine with me and were very impressed even before I told them about the price. I doubt that it will age well, but this is a fun little wine, particularly if you haven't had any prior experience with this grape.


Willa Frank said...

my grocery store has this wine from time to time and it rapidly sells out. i love its luscious fruity flavor and, at its $3.99 price, i should really buy a case of it!

Anonymous said...

Just had a bottle with a steak, and I must say it was very good. Was $5.99 here on the East Coast, but the store that sells it has a 10% sale on Weds., so I will be going back for more.

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