If you’re a faithful reader of my website, you’ll recall I recently reviewed the Zinfandel from Canard Sauvage; this wine remains my favorite Zinfandel from TJ’s, so I’m definitely excited to be trying another offering from Canard. This is a label you can only find at TJ’s – you know that since you’re a TJ’s Wine Insider. Thanks for all who participated in my poll last week and selected Petite Sirah as one of the next wines we’ll be talking about.
The Wine: Petite Sirah is one of my new favorite wines. This is not the same as Syrah. Petite Sirah gets its name because they are related to Syrah, but the grapes are smaller, meaning they are more dense and concentrated, making this a ‘bigger’ wine. But I find this a juicer wine than Cabernet Savignon, but finer tannins/acid than Zinfandel, so I find this a grape which blends two components of wine I enjoy. How’s Canard’s Petite Sirah?
Color: This wine has some dense color, almost too dense for light to pass through. The color is a real deep, thick plum hue. I like.
Nose: Directly out of the bottle I pick up coconut, which I’ve found in a few wines as of late. The barreling really comes forward quickly and powerfully emanating vanilla and oak, but mainly dense vanilla. There is a good about of ‘dark’ and ‘red’ fruit, but I didn’t make note of anything in particular.
Palate: Not very much fruit jumps forward on this wine, it’s the barreling which really comes out dominate on this wine. It’s a really dense experience of vanilla, oak and a toasty finish consisting of a nice chalky component. There really isn’t much in the way of prickly tannins on this wine and there is no alcohol burn, since this wine is 13.7%. This is a Petit Sirah which lays heavier on the juicy and dense side.
Bottom Line: Worth-Buying
I think this is a pretty good bottle of wine to buy. It’s not the best, but that’s OK. It’s a $10 bottle of wine. It doesn’t redefine my benchmark for this grape, but that’s OK. I think this is a good wine to buy if you are having red meat or pizza. It’s available daily at TJ’s so no need to stock up. Pick-up this wine and move on, you’ve selected a good wine.
Question: Tell me about what you like about Petite Sirah
- Price: $10
- Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
- Alcohol: 13.7%