Michael David Winery, Petite Petit 2013, Lodi, California
Tasting Note: A petit sirah and petit verdot red blend that will make you wonder why you neglected these grape varieties for so long.
Deep purple to ruby in color, this wine has an intensely aromatic nose of black currant, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and red plum along with distinct aromas of egg custard, clove, and vanilla baking spice peppered with tar and tobacco.
On the palate this dry, red blend delivers the ripe red and black fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium-plus tannin and a lattice of subtle baking spice; the tar and tobacco on the nose are much more restrained on the palate than suggested on the nose.
The finish is long with some chalkiness at the end.
This blend captures the balance and depth that can be achieved in hot climate regions where fruit often overwhelms all else.
It showcases two under-the-radar grape varietals that are shining stars.
Bottle Note: Step up, come and see the greatest duo in history, petite sirah, petit verdot Pachyderm brother. Stars of the show! One can dance, one can sing. Both do juggle fiery rings. One can dribble, one can drink. Both do brag of very large trunk. So step right up to center stage and prepare yourself to be amazed. 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Petit Verdot.
Tasting Date: December 30, 2016