It’s been too long since I had a Petite Sirah and this one in particular had been waiting patiently in my cellar for about 6 months. The price range for this BOGLE selection is $8.00-15.00 and can usually be found in grocery stores where wines are sold. I remember picking this one in particular because of its vintage . My thinking was that the five to six years of aging would be beneficial to the wine and maybe more importantly the wine drinker. As would be expected all the others available at the store were 2009+ [more recent vintages]. It was a lone standout.
I was impressed to find that since 2008 Bogle Vineyards has worked to cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions on their properties and employ a Certified Green Program with multiple Sustainable Certificates already achieved and listed on their website.
As per information found on-line the grapes were sourced from Clarksburg California in Yolo County along the Sacramento River & Lodi in the northern part of California’s Central Valley. Common descriptors for Petite Sirah are; black fruit, peppery, prunes, leather and inky due to the grapes dark color and the tannins it provides. Additional information about the varietal Petite Sirah also known as Durif can be found on Wine-Searcher.
Very earthy on the nose along with leather, cigar box, tobacco and dark fruit such as plum. On the palate a surprisingly delicate sweetness of dark fruit, vanilla, and blueberry noted on the finish. To me the dark fruit flavors expanded as the wine breathed making it completely different than when the bottle was first opened. A good wine to decant but also one to be enjoyed straight out of the bottle. Although still bold at this stage I think the extra few years in the bottle helped the flavors relax and the wine soften. Interestingly with some leftover [heresy! I know…] on day two I noted boysenberry, fig and an earthy pepper taste.
This is a wine I would drink any day of the week and one perfectly priced for exactly that. Pair with venison, lamb, pork, hearty stews or even pizza like we did 🙂 ¡SALUD!
Thirty-one years after it was first produced by the Bogle family in 1978, Petite Sirah is today considered Bogle’s “heritage” varietal. Ripe summer blackberries and plums overwhelm both the nose and palate of this wine. Its trademark inky, jammy qualities are a barrage of black fruit and spice, adding layer upon layer of complexity. Notes of supple leather and toasty oak envelop the flavors through the finish, giving way to wisps of caramel and vanilla. The firm tannins make this a wine that can develop for years to come, but you won’t want to wait that long to enjoy it!
- Recap of Dark & Delicious 2013 – The Petite Sirah Event Of The Year! (enofylzwineblog.com)
- Girard Petite Sirah 2010: A Vancouver Wine Festival re-visit (winewrangler.wordpress.com)