2009 Line 39 Petite Sirah

Year: 2009
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 87
2011 LA County Fair: Best of Class, Gold Medal
Red Wine
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"Like a freshly baked blackberry pie, with plenty of ripe, jammy fruit flavors that are wrapped in warm, vanilla-scented spice notes. Generous, full-bodied and very focused. Drink now through 2016." (WS)

"For those that are tired of wimpy, light and downright weak “daily drinkers”, Line 39’s Petite Sirah just might be your new go-to wine. Line 39 is one of the country’s premier value brands and their Petite Sirah is my favorite of their lineup. The “petite” nature of this grape actually produces wines that are anything but small in taste. In fact, because of the small grape size and thus high skin to juice ratio, it produces some of the most dense, ageworthy wines in the world.

I wouldn’t lay this one back for too many years, but at $7, why would you? Still, Wine Spectator’s 87 point rating says it will drink great for the next five years, and their drinking windows are notoriously conservative. Juicy, sweet blackberry preserves are complemented and offset by a persistent acidity that give this wine a nice balance, typical of the Petite Sirah grape. This wine is particularly polished at any price point and at $7, it’s really impressive.

I was looking at the Line 39 website while writing this post and discovered why I like their wines so much. Bob Broman, who makes a fantastic Napa Cabernet and Syrah under the Broman Cellars label, is the winemaker. With this Petite Sirah, Broman and Line 39 have produced one of the best values of the year." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Line 39 offers consumers a selection of varietals from Lake County, AVA, an emerging wine region in California located north of Napa Valley and the North Coast appellation. Line 39 refers to the latitude where many of the great wine growing regions of the world are found. Lake County continues to impress critics with ideal growing conditions and soil compositions that allow for excellent fruit. Line 39 wines are versatile and sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement to a variety of foods.

The 2009 Petite Sirah offers aromas of red and black fruits, with a hint of oak. A full-bodied wine that is both complex and elegant, this wine boasts rich flavors of dark fruits, cherries and a long finish that we believe will help put Lake County on the map. This Petite Sirah calls out for big juicy steak.