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93 • Cedar Mountain 2009 Reserve, Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley $28. Cellar Selection.
Milk chocolate, almond nougat, meringue and dried berry aromas with and flavors with a chewy, firm tannin, peppercorn and earth finish. A spot, table tuned, on petite sirah with great purity, structure and depth. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
93 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009 Durif, Yolo County $21.
Aromas of boysenberries, spiced nuts, and cocoa with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, nectarine, birch bark, raisin and mineral finish with chewy tannins. An excellent zesty and concentrated table red. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
92 • Concannon 2010 Selected Vineyards, Petite Sirah, Central Coast $10. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of toasty praline, peach cobbler, and raspberry pie with a ripe fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, berry, apple sauce and spice medley on the juicy finish. A really tasty crowd pleasing red for all occasion. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
91 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009 Petite Sirah, Yolo County $21.
Ripe chocolate mint, graham cracker, menthol, and sour cherry aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy watermelon and spice accented finish. A fun, flavorful petit sirah (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
90 • Brandt Family Winery 2009 Rodney's Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Santa Barbara County $25.
Deep garnet violet color. Mocha, black raspberry, chocolate nut, and roasted root vegetable aromas with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory beet, apple and pencil shaving accented finish. A very nice dry table wine that will be excellent with roasts. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
89 • Main & Geary 2010 Petite Sirah, California $17.99.
Bright purple. caramel custard, black raspberry, licorice and chocolate cherry with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body with white pepper and spice on the finish. A pleasantly balanced wine for everyday drinking. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
87 • Ledson 2007 "Diamond Ridge Series", Petite Sirah, Lake County $32.
Aromas of ink, roasted root vegetable and berry creme brulee with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crunchy praline, spice, and earth finish with blanketing coating tannins. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
86 • Ledson 2008 "Old Vine", Petite Sirah, Redwood Valley $42. Cellar Selection.
Dark and white chocolate covered strawberries, plum brandy, mineral, and mocha nougat aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spicy poached pear and mineral accented finish a big, firm tannins. Give this some time. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
84 • Ballentine 2008 Fig Tree Vineyard, Petite Sirah, St. Helena, Napa Valley $24. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Inky purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry brandy liqueur, and pepper dust with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and cedar bark, green apple, and gravel road accented finish with firm, powdery tannins. This needs time. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)