The last couple nights I've been drinking a 2005 Concannon Limited Release petite sirah, from California's Livermore Valley. This ran me $15.
Petite sirah is this AVO's chief grape and Concannon is its second largest producer of wine, after Wente. The label claims that Concannon was the first winery in the world to bottle petite sirah.
I like it. This is one of my favorite petite sirahs thus far. The label claims notes of cherry, and I got that. It's a little sweeter perhaps than some.
I liked it for just sipping, which hasn't been the case with most of the petite sirahs and pinot noirs this fall, but it also went down really nicely with some sausages. The label advises trying it with filet or lamb, and I bet those combinations would work well.
I let it go a couple nights before I finished the bottle and it had gotten a little sharper perhaps, but it still paired well with supper. A nice wine.