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92 • Concannon 2004 Heritage Reserve, Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $50. Cellar Selection.
Deep violet black color. Aromas of roasted almond, baker's chocolate, blackberry pie crust, and caraway seed follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with compacted fruit, vanilla custard, peppercorns, and chewy, powdery tannins on the long, polished fade. A powerful, graceful red designed for the long haul. (tasted on Feb-03-2009)
91 • Concannon 2005 Reserve, Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $38.
Black raspberry tart, fig paste, and coco-mint aromas follow through on a supple, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with panettone and spice notes. Finishes in a crisp, chocolate covered fruit and nut fade with dusty tannins. Very tasty. (tasted on Feb-03-2009)
90 • Page Mill 2006 Estate, Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $38.
Inky violet color. Aromas of pickled okra, clay, and stewed cherries follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with pink peppercorn, honeyed kumquat notes. Finishes with a chewy tannin, dried violet, nut skin and brown apple accented fade. A stylish, elegant petite sirah. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
90 • Concannon 2006 "Captain Joe's", Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $31.
Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate follow through on a soft, bright entry to a tangy dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with blueberry pie and roasted pepper notes. Finishes with a tangy, lingering soft tannin fade. Deliciously drinkable. (tasted on Feb-03-2009)
88 • Zina Hyde Cunningham 2005 Petite Sirah, Lake County $24. Cellar Selection.
Inky violet color. Aromas of pepper jelly, Reese's peanut butter cups, and cranberry sauce follow through on a grainy entry to a tart medium body with compacted pencil wood and brown butter notes on the peppery wet talc like tannin finish. Give this a long rest in the cellar. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
88 • Concannon 2006 "Nina's Cuvée", Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $30. Cellar Selection.
Reserved aromas of berry compote and cedar follow through to a dryish medium body with tart, pomegranate and blackberry and sour cherry flavors with a lightly nutty fade. (tasted on Feb-03-2009)
88 • Concannon 2005 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, Central Coast $16.
Black cherry and raisin aromas follow through to a dryish medium body with pencil shaving and mineral notes. Finishes with a delicately spicy and cocoa accented fade. A nice sipper. (tasted on Feb-03-2009)
87 • Norman 2006 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles $20. Cellar Selection.
Deep violet color. Pepper mill, pewter, and melted chocolate rice candy bar aromas follow through on broad supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with peanut brittle and graphite notes Finishes with tart berry and hyper tannic, corn starch like fade. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
86 • Pedroncelli 2005 Family Vineyards, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley $15. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Dusty peanut shell on the floor and clay aromas with mulberries and cedar notes on the tart medium body. Finishes with a wet hay and nutshell accented finish with firm chewy and powdery tannins. Very rustic and will improve; try with venison. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
83 • Robert Hall Winery 2006 Brady Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles $36. Cellar Selection.
Dark chocolate and roasted peanut aromas have a light barnyard note and follow through to a dryish medium-to-full body with baked mulberry notes and crabapple sour cherry and dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
81 • Redtree 2006 Petite Sirah, California $8.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep purple color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, roasted peppers, and muddy peat moss follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with tart cranberry and cocoa notes and quick, slightly bitter dirty nutshell fade. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)