100% Petite Sirah from Clements Hills, Lodi, California.
SRP of $21 and available at that price (Saturday Splurge). 200 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"From the moment we planted our first vine over 12 years ago, the desire to create our own wine was always an aspiration. After a decade of farming experience, working with the soil of the Vinedos Aurora, we are now able to share our unique and long-awaited wine with you. Our Petite Sirah has the pleasant flavors of blackberries, raspberries and guava with a hint of violet on the nose. Discover floral notes of Jamaica in this bold full-bodied wine with a well-balanced finish. Salud!
Today's wine also came from the online wine and cheese tasting we mentioned in last Saturday's splurge. This Petite Sirah was paired with the unfortunately named, but quite tasty, "bandage-wrapped" cheddar. If that's not a cheese in need of some marketing help, I don't know what is. Despite the name the pairing was quite successful. We also found the cheese, from the excellentCheese Central in Lodi, to be excellent with sliced apples and salami among other foods. (And the salami went quite well with the wine too.)
The 2010 Vinedos Aurora Petite Sirah begins with very nice aromas of blue and black fruit, a little black pepper, some dark chocolate and a hint of flowers. Tasting reveals a wine that is loaded with flavor. There's lots of ripe, rich blueberry, blackberry and black raspberry fruit along with a substantial, full, smooth, savory and almost meaty texture. It ends dry with very good length, more rich dark fruit, some sweet oak spice and the return of those black pepper and dark chocolate notes from the nose. Excellent!
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