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Thursday, February 24, 2011

2008 Concannon Petite Sirah Conservancy

The Concannon "Conservancy" wines are sourced from special vineyard land located in California's Livermore Valley. It's special because a number of growers have placed their land into a legal trust that protects against urban development forever. These wines are available nationally, but they are a smaller production than the standard Concannon wines.

As with most Petite Sirah this wine is very dark and opaque in color. It's made from 100% Petite Sirah and was aged in both French and American oak barrels.

On the nose this wine offers up aromas of black currant, espresso, charred meat, black pepper, and almost vegetable-like grassy tones. A perplexing bouquet....initially it has a farmland-type smell that perhaps is just a touch of sulfur that eventually does blow off. Charred meat and earthy soil......intriguing

On the palate the wine is richly textured and has flavors reminiscent of natural blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and cedar wood. It finishes with some nice dry tannins and flavors that remind me of earthy blackberry and pencil shavings.

This is a very nice value play and a wine that's pretty well made. 89 points

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