100% Petite Sirah from Red Hills, Lake County, California.
SRP of $25 and available for as low as $17. Sample received courtesy Vigilance Winery for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Having children reaffirmed our dedication to the planet. That's why our vineyards are sustainably farmed using cover crops and sheep to control the weeds between the rows. Ever vigilant, our watchful sheep dogs stand guard over the flock and the wines, protecting them from harm. It is this same spirit that drives us in our obsession to craft wines that honor and respect the earth.
-Clay and Margarita Shannon, Vigilance Vineyards
The sugar at harvest was between 25.0 and 26.5 degrees brix for our Petite Sirah, aged on French and American oak for 18 months. Crafted from the Red Hills of Lake County to create a rich, well balanced wine. Notes of blueberry, blackberry and creamy vanilla. Complex, with excellent layers of aromas and flavor.
Petite Sirah is one of my favorite varieties but it's been awhile since we reviewed one. It's also one of my favorite varieties to pair with chocolate, and that's exactly what we did with the extra dark variety of Brix Bites we reviewed the other day. They were excellent together.
You may also remember Vigilance Winery from one of our recent Bulk Buy wines, the Vigilance Cimarron red blend, also from Lake County, California. We've had great success with wines from this area, even Petite Sirah, so I was quite excited to give this one a try.
The 2010 Vigilance Petite Sirah begins with deep, intense aromas of ripe dark fruit (blackberry primarily), vanilla and a little peppery spice. The wine tastes rich with a nice texture. The flavors are similar to the bouquet (blackberry and vanilla) but the spice component is much more prominent in the mouth. Overall, it's quite delicious but a bit on the oaky side as the wine is still rather young. It's a 2010 vintage that spent 18 months in French oak, so it hasn't had much time in the bottle yet. If you drink it now you'll probably want to decant or aerate it to get the best flavors. The finish is quite dry, with good length and lingering oaky notes. This wine was even better on day 2 as the oak subsided a bit.
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Overall Rating: 7.0
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