About a month ago I found this wine at the Mustard Seed grocery store. Despite the wide selection of beers, I found their wine selection to be rather small. Certainly the Mustard Seed’s selection was more varied than your standard neighborhood grocery store, but very little shelf-space was dedicated to wine. At the time I was still recovering from a cold and wasn’t too excited about the wines I was seeing. I knew I wasn’t going to drink whatever I bought right away and I thought why not buy something new? Therefore I picked up this unassuming bottle of petite sirah from Paso Robles.
EOS 2005 Reserve Petite Sirah
Inky black in color, this 05 petite sirah is monstrously dark. It reminds me of Guinness in that I can’t see through it. Held up against the light it’s a dark garnet color. On the nose I’m picking up a smokey almost rubbery scent. Hints of jam and tabbacco are also noticable. My first sip of this wine reminds me of the Clos du Prieur wine that I reviewed awhile ago in that it’s crazy dry. I’m amazed at how fast this wine seems to erase any moisture in my mouth. The flavors of the wine are practically overpowered by this and I’m not picking up any interesting secondary flavors. It’s straight up sour cherries and blackberry jam. The finish is strange, the sensation of tannins sticks around and the flavor sort disappears. The tasting notes for this wine mention coffee, which I am definitely not picking up on, perhaps because it is just so dry. Although I like dry ones, this one doesn’t bring much else to the table. ~$23 /bottle