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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/

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2006 Sheldon Petite Sirah – Review

When Dylan and Tobe met, little did they know that they’d eventually start a micro-winery in California. Their love and passion for wine have taken them all over, including New Zealand – some may call it fate, I call it destiny. Regardless, I’m glad they’re making vino as this 2006 Petite Sirah shows the kind of quality we can get when it’s made with love.

Technical Data:

  • Captured Into Bottle on 12-10-07
  • Released Into The Wild in May of 2008
  • Vineyard: Lodi appelation, 19 feet below sea level on limestone soils
  • Cooperage: 20% New & 80% Seasoned French Oak
  • Ferment: 20% Whole Cluster
  • Numbers: pH 3.66 TA .64 Alc 14.2% RS 0
  • Price: $32

Nose: Blueberry pie crust, beef jerky, leather, carpet shampoo and ink.

Taste: If you took some black licorice and combined it with peppered beef jerky, fresh venison, tobacco and dark chocolate – that’s exactly what you’d have with this wine. Awesome amounts of black, dark fruit that does a stellar job of gliding across the mid palate and down the throat into a finish that lingers for hours. On the finish, I get notes of leather, cocoa powder and a nice smidgen of charred bell pepper.

W.E.P Rating: 95%

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

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