2009 Jeff Runquist Petite Sirah "R" Salman Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Clarksburg
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
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Winery Notes:
As is typical of Petite Sirah the color is almost black and one is tempted to use it as ink rather than as a beverage. The low pH of the 2009 wine gives the color a bright youthful hue. The aromas of cassis and jamy blackberry come with an added dimension of concentration and density. The 2009 vintage may be our biggest Petite Sirah to date and this wine just soaked up the new French Oak, and yet the bouquet of mocha and dark chocolate takes a backseat to the intensity of the 2009’s intense fruit. Big creamy mouth coating flavors of ripe sweet boysenberry and blackberries are balanced by creamy French oak. The texture is full of thick viscous tannins, and the finish is long and lingers well after swallowing the wine. I am guilty of letting the alcohol creep up a bit on this wine, but it is well integrated. Be forewarned this is one big rich red wine.