I love Petite Sirah. It is big, fruity, powerful and typically delicious. The 2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah lives up to that introduction quite well. It is loaded with huge flavors and aromas. If you limit yourself to subtle wines, just keep walking…this one is not for you. But if you love them big, this is your wine.
The color is an inky, impenetrable purple that borders on black. Light just bounces off of the surface with no hope of ever entering the glass. The darkness goes all of the way to the edges of the glass. The nose is powerful, starting out with huge aromas of black cherries and ripe, juicy blueberries mixed with minor notes of butterscotch, caramel, smoke, plums and leather.
The flavors are just as powerful, with very concentrated fruit. Ripe black fruit, blueberry and black cherry dominate, but this is a complex, layered wine. Plums, cassis, freshly cooked blackberry jam, leather, smoke, and smoked meat all join the party. The flavors are huge, and this wine just feels huge in your mouth. It has big, chewy tannins that could probably stand a bit of age to let them soften, but I would not have the will power to not drink this stuff right now.
The finish is long. Very long. The fruit remains huge throughout the finish, giving the impression of sweetness despite this being a quite dry wine. As the fruit eventually fades there is a very pleasant hint of smoke and mocha. I am not sure what I would pair this wine with, it would overpower a lot of foods, but a hunk of meat with a good amount of fat would be a good place to start.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more bottles.