2008 Luigi Bosca Reserva Pinot Noir

So finally moving from petite sirahs to a pinot noir, a 2008 Luigi Bosca Reserva from the foothills of the Andes in western Argentina.  I think this cost me in the $13-$15 range.

I wasn't a pinot noir fan last winter, but I liked this.  It was lighter than the pinot noirs.  My notes say fruity and velvety, and I drank a couple glasses with supper.  There was a note in it that I couldn't put my finger on.

Lo and behold, the label also describes this as velvety.  Good guess.  They describe the notes as red fruits, especially cherry, chocolate, ripe strawberries, and violets.  My the strawberry or the chocolate is what I was getting.

A nice lighter red.  It might go well with a beef stew or maybe even chili.

HandCraft 2010 Petite Sirah

This week I tried a HandCraft 2010 petite sirah that ran me $13 or so.  This hails from Manteca, CA

I liked it.  I'd decanted about half the bottle the first night, and with the first glass my reaction was sort of 'meh'. This has a little zinfandel added so it has a little more potency than the other petite sirahs I've drunk.

The second glass I drank with some wine and cheese, and the food (and probably time in the decanter) really opened it up.  Not as great as the Cameron Hughes but still good.

I got black cherry from it and maybe the pepper notes mentioned on the label.  The label also says plum and blackberry; it might have been the plum that I was getting.  

The label recommends this with burgers, grilled pork chops, or--mac and cheese.  I'd never thought of that with a red, but it's a rather brilliant idea, the way that cheese and carbs brings out the flavors in a red.  A nice wine.

Parducci 2007 Petite Sirah

The last couple nights I drank a 2007 Parducci petite sirah that ran me about $11.

Unfortunately, despite its sustainable, carbon neutral, earth-friendly, etc., claims, I didn't like this one at all.  It wasn't nearly up to the last couple I've drunk.  It tasted like generic pizzeria red wine.  I drank some with some crackers and cheddar and that didn't help.  The label claims notes of blackberry and dried cherry, but I didn't get those.

I hate to diss a wine, but just from the 3 or 4 petite sirahs I've drunk already this fall, I know there are a lot better ones out there.

Cameron Hughes Lot 229 and Spellbound Petite Sirahs

The last week I've drunk two 2009 petite sirahs: a Cameron Hughes 229, which the wine store lady described as 'to die for', and a Spellbound, which I describe as 'to die for'.  (Apologies in advance for the poor pictures.)

I didn't note how much the Lot 229 is but I'd guess around $14.  I decanted both of these, and both seem sweeter than the pinot noirs I've had.  The first glass of the Lot 229 I really liked.  It had interesting flavors, definitely dark fruit and maybe licorice?  The wine lady described it as 'inky'; I noted that it seemed a little 'chalky'.  

Now, for some reason, I didn't like the second glass nearly as much.  I drank it only about an hour after the first glass, and I decanted it too, but I didn't like it at all.  I had eaten something in the meantime, so that might have been playing havoc with my taste buds.  The rest of it sat for a bit too long to judge what the subsequent glass tasted like (not great), but the first glass was great.

Second was Spellbound's 2009 petite sirah.  This is made by Robert Mondavi Jr. in Napa.

This wine was the reverse of the Lot 229.  I didn't like the first glass all that much, but the second glass I drank with a piece of cheddar and all of a sudden it opened up.  I got peppery and chocolate notes in addition to the usual dark fruits.  I drank most of the bottle that evening.  The next night I finished it with a little supper, and it wasn't quite as outstanding but still tasty.

I want to try the Lot 229 again with food and give it a second chance, but right now I'd recommend the Spellbound, a really nice petite sirah.