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Daytripper Petite Sirah 2014

img_0329Lot 18, $18/bottle

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Aaron:  The nose on this bigger red smelled like muddied tree bark with damp rocks and mushrooms.  The flavor was large and smooth with mild tannins and mostly fruity flavors like I’d expect from the varietal.  The finish featured some black fruit crushed on granite.  90 points

Teri: Bright red fruits on the nose with juicy rasberries and blackberries following on the taste. There was noticable oak throughout and a small hint of plum. I would classify this bottle as having medium tannins with a slight bite but overall smooth. 88 points 


Elder Rock Petite Syrah 2013

Elder Rock Petite SyrahPurchased from World Market, $14.99

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Aaron: Charcoal on the nose set the tone for a consistently earthy bottle.  The black granite flavor was a bit chalky with a few red fruits, mostly raspberry.   A hint of oak and velvety vanilla rounded this out a bit but rock was the predominant feature.  89 points

Teri: This is a hearty red that would stand up well with rich sauces, red meat, and cheeses. I tasted mostly rich spicy and oaky flavors with dark plum and smooth oak on the finish. Noticeable tannins add to the body of the wine and lay down smooth leaving beautiful flavors without harshness on the swallow. 91 points 


Edmeades Petite Sirah 2012

Edmeades Petite Syrah 2012Write up by Wine Enthusiast

Purchased from Edmeades Tasting Room, $35

Aaron: Licorice was an unexpected participant on the mildly full, black nose of this Petite Sirah which also sported dark oak and vine-covered wooden fence posts.  Heavy tannins make their presence known along the sides of your tongue, which force the flavor to be dry but still very full and satisfying.  I wish I could taste more of the flavor to be honest, there’s lots of berry and vanilla with chocolate and silver but the chalky tannins make it hard for those flavors to break through.  89 points

Teri: Big and Bold. This wine stands up to your big hearty meals and other bold savory flavors. I could smell dark forest berries with a hint of chocolate on the nose than on first sip – prominent flavors of blueberry compote with plum and baking soda on the finish. Strong and long lasting flavor but a bit chalky tannins at the start. The wine smoothed out further as the evening went on. I suggest aerating it for at least an hour before enjoying this wine. 90 points 


Cameron Hughes Lot 477 2012

Cameron Hughes Lot 477 2012Purchased from World Market, $12.99

Aaron:  To Teri’s point, this was a bit disappointing for something which seems to be so special.  Vines and tight berries made the nostrils want to snarl a bit while a pepper-coated chocolate flavor makes me wish I had a different glass in hand.  84 points

Teri: I had very high expectations for this bottle, and it didn’t meet any of them. Other than the strong cherry and raspberry flavors with forceful oak on the finish, I didn’t have any of the other characteristics I love from the Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Syrah varietals. Even after breathing for a while the flavors still tasted tight and tasted too heavy of pepper. Alright, but not at all what I expected from Cameron Hughes and these classic full bodied varietals. 86 points

Bear and Crown Petite Sirah 2010

Bear and Crown Petite Sirah 2010Purchased from Naked Wines, $14.99

Aaron:  This full wine will go well with strong meats.  A dark woodsy smell with cocoa flowing through a rocky stream spread into a complex flavor which changes as it sits in your mouth.  Starting as smooth and rich it turns sharp and spicy to keep the drinker interested.  A bit of metallic undertones cut through the palate but spill blackberry juice along the way giving this a bit of a gamy feel.  90 points

Teri: It’s been a while since I have had a Petite Sirah, and this one is strong and full of spicy blackberry and tobacco flavors. Noticeable medium tannins and a spicy nose make this a petitie sirah for those who like bold wines. I found this bottle better with food than on its own. 88 points