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Sunday, June 21, 2009

2004 Schuetz Randall Petite Sirah

The 2004 Schuetz Randall Central Coast Petite Sirah is produced from grapes grown in a secret hillside vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was near impossible to find tech info so I'll just leave you with my tasting notes. 

The wine has a very dark color (just slightly fading towards the edges) as one might expect with Petite Sirah. On the nose this wine expresses aromas of grape jelly, cassis, currant, spice, and slight hints of meat, bacon, and smoke. There is also a slight soapiness that is just lingering on the end.

On the palate this wine is very rich, powerful, and flavorful, the black currant takes center stage as well as secondary notes of black cherry, grape jelly, chocolate, pomegranate, cranberry, cassis, and spice. There is a touch of bacon fat and a meaty character on the finish that is awesome! The finish is extremely extended and last for a few minutes.

Up until now I had never heard of this producer, nor had I ever tasted the wines, but I'm truly amazed at the quality and complexity of this wine. There is superb balance with this wine and I just love how the alcohol stays in check. Petite Sirah is often overdone in my opinion but this wine has great focus, depth, and most importantly balance.  Really amazing stuff! 94 points

Steve Howe said...

Do you know where this wine can be purchased?

Thomas said...

I got it from a vendor here in AZ, but I pretty sure you could find it online. If you click the link at the bottom of the review it will bring you search results through winezap. That will perhaps give you an idea of where you could purchase it online. Thanks Steve!

beth said...

Would like to taste it. Viogner grapewine from california is my favourite. I like grapewines very much,

Thomas said...

grapewines?

 
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