Plain Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

By on April 16, 2016

plain-cellars-petite-sirahPlain Cellars in Leavenworth, Wash., tracked down grapes from the Lonesome Spring Ranch vineyard in the Yakima Valley to make its 2013 Petite Sirah, then aged it in French and Bulgarian oak. The result is a big, oaky fellow with sinewy shoulders but good manners that you’ll welcome to the table. He arrives with fresh ground black pepper and dark fruit aromas, then blesses your food – which better be hearty fare, perhaps cured meats, a juicy thick steak or wild game – with dark fruit led by late summer blackberries and dark plums. Behind that fruit are well-muscled tannins well worth pondering over several sips, each of which will linger long on your palate while you consider a long friendship with this masculine wine. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 123 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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