Tasting with the PSychos!

Matt and I were kindly invited to a tasting of Petite Sirah this Friday hosted by Loweeel of The PSychos’ Path, a blog focused entirely on Petite Sirah. Loweeel was hosting some out of towners for this event before the local Woot meet-up this Saturday. We were thrilled to be able to attend and contribute some of our favorite PS, one of my favorite grapes. Without further ado, the wines from the great line-up:

1998 Stag’s Leap Petite Sirah: Classic PS nose. Licorice, smoke, vanilla, blueberry, milk chocolate dark fruit.

1990 Sean Thackery PS: Stinky nose to start, unpleasant manure odors that blew off fairly quickly. Pepper, eucalyptus, mint, didn’t give up any fruit on the nose. Clove, little fruit in the mouth. Several hours later this had opened beautifully, showing more eucalyptus, pepper, and red fruit.

2003 Sean Thackery Sirius PS: Blueberry, vanilla cream, little heat, thinner in the mouth than I expected, tannic, blueberry, eucalyptus, slight red fruit. Definitely too young.

2005 Sean Thackery Sirius PS: Vick’s Vapo Rub, dirty, slight slight blueberry on nose. Blueberry, tannic, again slight red fruit. Bigger fruit than the 2003, seemed more ready to drink, though still young.

1998 Turley PS: Blueberry cream pie, anise, walnuts, smooth, well integrated, roses, black cherries, baking spice. My favorite so far, very good wine.

2001 Foppiano Reserve PS: Matt and I brought this. Little funk that blew off quickly. Black cherry, blueberry, little pepper, cassis, chocolate, spice, tannins, fairly well integrated, but still very young.

2004 Camellia Cellars PS: We also brought this. Cigarette smoke, blueberry, cream, tannic, short finish, cassis, a bit hot, licorice, fresh caramel.

2005 Chase PS: Baking spice, heat, pepper, white pepper, lots and lots of tannins, some fruit I couldn’t distinguish, not ready to drink yet.

2005 St. Helena Winery Violation PS: Vanilla, oak toast, cassis, blackberry, blueberry undertones, black cherry, chocolate, carmalized top of the creme brulee, a bit sharp.

All in all, a great line up, one I was happy to be able to participate in. Also, Loweeel made the BEST lamb we’ve ever had. Thanks for the invite Loweeel!


6 Responses

  1. If jealousy is ugly, then I am looking *hideous* right now!


  2. Joe, if you’re ever in the DC area, let Sonadora or me know. We’ll put something together. Friday night was neither the alpha nor the omega of my PS.

    BTW, Sonadora — lamb recipe coming by email. The only caveat is that you always have to refer to it as “Loweeel’s lamb”.

  3. Wow, what a great tasting. The hubby and I fell in love over PS so I have a soft spot for it.

  4. That sounds like heaven. We adore Petite Sirah as well.

  5. It was definitely a fabulous tasting and one I’m glad I changed my travel plans to attend. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many great and powerful wines. You’re tasting notes were great, especially since I didn’t take many and have trouble putting to words the aromas and tastes as you so eloquently have done.

  6. It was great Joe!

    Thanks Loweeel, will be sure to refer to it that way!

    Noble Pig and Claire, it was divine to have that much PS in one night!

    Hey Hitanykey, thanks for the comment. Very glad to meet you it was tons of fun!

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