Saturday, October 18, 2008


One of the most delicious Petite Sirah’s I’ve come across in recent years is the Eaglepoint Ranch Petite Sirah 2005 from Mendocino County ($24.99). First impression was DAMN! This is amazing. Loads of thick and rich blackberry fruit along with hints of mocha, espresso, black currants and oolong tea notes, with silty tannins and a surprising balance of acidity, this is a real treasure in PS, one that you could put on the shelf for a decade and be confident that it will only acquire more finesse and more brilliance.

Eaglepoint Ranch isn’t one of those big names in California wine. Born out of the collaboration between John Scharffenberg (sparkling wine producer and chocolatier) and viticulturist Casey Hartlip. Concentrating primarily on Rhone reds (though they do a small amount of Albarino just to be different), this PS is surely going down as one of their master strokes.

Stop by and pick up a bottle. You’ll be blown away!

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