Spellbound Petite Sirah
This well-crafted petite syrah is a good mid-grade wine for inexpensive, spur of the moment revelry.
by John Franzmann
The stage was set. Out of town weekend getaway for the anniversary.
Beautiful B & B lodging. Secluded table at a fine restaurant with complimentary hors’dourves from the chef. Champagne to start - now to pick the wine.
To be honest I chose this wine because of the name and the ambiance of the evening. I have a particular affinity for petite sirah but I really didn’t expect it to live up to my favorites…and it didn’t. But it came close, and did it for ten dollars less per bottle.
The aromas are dark fruits – cherry and blackberry with kind of a leather/tobacco overtone. Blackberry and currant are the predominant flavors with nice tannic structure. The finish wasn’t as long as my favorite but all in all this is a nicely crafted wine for under twenty dollars.
This is a good wine to keep around when you want to serve something nice but don’t want to dig into the really good stuff.