100% Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, California.
SRP of $30 and available for as low as $25 (Saturday Splurge).
From the bottle:
"This wine comes from a block of vines on a rocky knoll at Lytton Springs West. As grape varieties go, petite sirah is not hard to understand. It's King Kong. The trick, therefore, once it's harvested and in the winery, is to find its softer side and coax out some of the light-hearted elements that lurk within. In 2011, we think we achieved just that. After a whole berry, natural yeast fermentation, the wine was aged for fourteen months in american oak. Floral, peppery, and enjoyable now, this limited release will be best over the next ten years.
Ingredients: Hand harvested, sustainably grown grapes, indigenous yeasts, naturally occurring malolactic bacteria, minimum effective SO2.
We love Dry Creek Valley and we love Petite Sirah so for this week's Saturday Splurge we go to one of the more acclaimed producers in the region to sample their rendition of this variety. A sure thing? Let's find out...
The 2011 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah begins with an awesome aroma featuring lots of ripe raspberry, blackberry and plum plus wonderful cinnamon notes and secondary notes of black pepper, cocoa and licorice. The wine is loaded with rich, luscious, savory fruit wrapped up in a super smooth and silky mouthfeel when tasting. The fruit flavors are similar to the nose in this medium-bodied wine which also features a little licorice, vanilla and black tea along with good acidity. It ends very long and a bit grippy with a mouth drying finish highlighting even more juicy fruit. Be sure to give this fantastic wine plenty of air to open up.
To answer the question we posed at the beginning -- the math adds up on this wine, it's definitely a sure thing.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.