Corvus Syrah-Petite Sirah 2012

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Wine Magazine Review

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Aaron: This has a jammy, bold nose full of blackberries.  There are huge tannins and some sharp, splintered bark from dark oak trees.  This is smooth but there’s noticeable pepper on the finish, complemented by lots of cherry and red apple fruits.  90 points

Teri: Fruit forward nose and a full body one the wine. Hearty, semi-heavy tannins are very noticeable but not overbearing. I taste flavors of bing cherry, oak, blueberry, and sage. The wine is very hearty but still easy to drink. Delightful to pair with a steak or other red meats. 92 points 

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Bogle Petite Sirah 2015

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Bogle Website

Total Wine & More, $7.47

BevMo, $9.49

Wine.com, $9.99


Aaron:  Bogle is always my go-to for affordable, easy-to-find bottles.  This Petite Sirah features plum and molasses with dark fruit on the nose.  There are cherries, blackberries, and tar on the huge flavor.  This is a big wine with some tannins, but enough fruit, cedar, and moss to remain pleasant.  89 points

Teri: Chocolate covered raspberry smell on the wine, almost jammy. Jelly flavors also full the taste along with bing cherry and raspberry. This Petite Sirah is very fruit forward with a backbone of smooth oak and noticeable but mild tannins. Great flavors and great go-to and easy to find. 92 points 

Portteus Petite Sirah 2014

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Purchased from the Portteus Tasting Room, $20

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Aaron: This full bodied wine features dark berries and rum on the nose.  The full, heavy tannins need some time to open up but if you have some patience this results in a luscious flavor of rough fruits and some light minerals.  90 points

Teri: This is a hearty wine which needs a good meal to pair with it. Dark berries and leather on the smell lead to flavors of wild berry, currant, pencil shavings, and prominent oak on the finish. 88 points 

Petite Petit 2015

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Michael David Wines, $18

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99 (sale)/18.99 (regular)

Total Wine & More, $14.79

Aaron: I love both these varietals so I was really excited for this bottle.  The smell was full with lots of dark fruits and black licorice.  Oakiness rounded out the nose and led to some very noticeable tannins.  The flavor was pretty good with raspberry and a continuation of the licorice, followed by vanilla on the finish.  This is a good bottle and enjoyable based on what I’d expect from these types of grapes but admittedly it’s not the greatest for these varietals.  90 points

Teri: Cute name based on the blend of two “petite/petit” grapes (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot). Typically these grapes are smaller, which is why they are called petite, and carry more intense flavors. On this wine, I smelled mostly red berries with some vanilla and lavender. When sipping this wine, I put it on the heartier side of medium bodied with flavors of leather, dark red berries, and some bell pepper (plus noticeable oak). Semi-chalky tannins the deeper I got into my glass. This wine would be better with food; hearty meat dishes and pasta with red sauces. 89 points