Thursday, December 12, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - California Petite Sirah - 2010 Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah

We are lucky enough to live two blocks away from a great little steak house in Chandler, AZ. DC Steak is the name (for Downtown Chandler), and they get their meats from a place in Chicago.  I think these area some of the best steaks I've had outside of Chicago (and a butter poached Waygu steak I was once blessed with at StripSteak in Las Vegas).   Since we had last dined there (we had ordered steaks to go, and tapped our own cellar for our wine the last few times), the wine list had changed, and none of the Cabs stood out to me, so I decided to go a bit different and try this Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California.  We had met our ex-neighbors from our old 'hood (neither like red wine, this is why we had to move) for a nice little outing.





Wine: 2010 Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah
Region: Mendocino, California
Grape Varieties: Petite Sirah
Obtained from: Purchased at DC Steakhouse
Price: $46.00 - Restaurant price, about $23 retail.
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.



Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: My iPhone flash made it look like a glass of black ink... it wasn't quite that dark - but it was very dark purple with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Lots of fruit - blackberry mostly, vanilla, some pepper, and some dark chocolate.
Taste: Very fruity - as I expected and wanted from a Petite Sirah, nothing too big and serious, just a nice wine that paired nicely with a mid-rare New York steak with a blue cheese crust.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  Sometimes it is tough to find a good steak wine for under $50. This wine is not too complex, but big enough to stand up to a good steak and some blue cheese. I would order this wine again without hesitation on our next DC Steakhouse excursion.

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