SRP of $18 and available widely for $12 or less. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
"Rich, dark aromas of blackberries, violets, and crushed white pepper invite one into this Clarksburg appellation Petite Sirah. A jammy array of blackberry and black cherry flavors dominate the palate, complemented by hints of vanilla, sassafras, and exotic oaky notes that linger through the finish. Full-bodied, with rich mouth- filling tannins, the wine displays a multi-layered depth and complexity that invites lingered contemplation and enjoyment. This wine will pair nicely with grilled meats, savory pastas like butternut squash raviolis with a brown butter sage sauce, or even dark chocolate.
Petite Sirah is a great variety for Reverse Wine Snobs. Thanks to the fact that it flies underneath the radar of a lot of wine drinkers, there is a ton of affordable Petite Sirah out there that almost always over-delivers for the price. And while it may still be winter, spring is coming and with spring comes BBQ season. Today's Petite Sirah from Don Sebastiani & Sons will definitely get you in the mood for the change of seasons.
The 2011 The Crusher Grower's Selection Petite Sirah begins with a really lovely aroma of blackberry, tart black cherry, black pepper and even a bit of bacon. The wine tastes smooth, silky and super easy to drink -- this is definitely a wine to break out at your next party or BBQ. The primary flavors are similar to the bouquet with some added spice and vanilla. It ends nicely with a medium length finish that invites you to take another sip. It was just as good on day two but I suspect you'll have trouble making the bottle last that long.
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