2008 Crystal Basin Cellars Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah does very well in the heat of California and the vineyards in Ed Dorado country – in the Sierra foothills – are well known for their elevation and cooler nights which is a great combination for great fruit. Crystal Basin Cellars is in this area, in a city called Camino, and has been producing quality red wines for awhile now. I was first introduced to its wines last year and have been a huge fan ever since.

Technical Data:

  • Alc: 14.2
  • Brix: 25.5
  • ph: 3.75
  • Price: $27

Nose: Peppered jerky, bell pepper, blueberries, blackberry and the inside of an old leather shoe.

Taste: Very good combo of black fruit flavors coming through with a light dusting of cinnamon and blueberries. I get a good black licorice-laced leather component across the mid palate with very nice tannin structure. A young wine that drinks good now and should age another 5-8 years or so. Goes great with barbeque, steaks, hamburgers or even wild game.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

On the web: http://www.crystalbasin.com/