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drink me: petite sirah

petite sirahThe heatwave is technically over but it’s still horribly humid, and for the past few days probably all you’ve been drinking is crisp whites and rosés. Summertime in general doesn’t tend to make people want to drink heavy reds, but summer also means Grill Time! And nothing goes better with some charred grilled red meat than Petite Sirah, so add it to your summer night repertoire.

PS was created by crossing Syrah with Peloursin. Despite it’s name, though, it’s anything but “petite” and light. It’s intense, inky (check out the stain in the legs in this pic!), bold, tannic, and – at its best – velvety and delicious. This is tough guy territory, the John Wayne of wines. Here are 5 good ones I had recently.

frank family 2010

frank family petite sirah

My fave! So velvety you can practically smell the smooth. What you can actually smell is blackberry, coffee, and some earthiness, and then you taste incredibly smooth tannins and acid all mixing really well together. $65

quivira 2009

This one's also really smooth, with blueberry, blackberry and a hint of minty herb. The body on this one's a tiny bit little lighter but the color's still as as inky purple as it gets. $30

This one’s also really smooth, with blueberry, blackberry and a hint of minty herb. The body on this one’s a tiny bit little lighter but the color’s still as inky purple as it gets. $30

true grit 2008

Black pepper, ashy, dirty and gritty (obv, check the name). $29

Black pepper, ashy, dirty and gritty (obv, check the name). $29

pedroncelli 2008

This one's a bit more tannic, but has good blackberry flavor and an interesting mint note at the end. Plus it's the best value on the list. $17

This one’s a bit more tannic, but has good blackberry flavor and a little mint note at the end. $17

line 39 2011

Smooth blackberry and maybe a hint of licorice. Less complex but a good bargain if you just want to try out Petite Sirah. $11

Smooth blackberry and maybe a hint of licorice. Less complex but a good bargain if you just want to try out Petite Sirah! $11

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