5/28/2009

Que Sera, Sirah!

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Wine Whore Review:
Optima Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Unfiltered Petite Sirah 2006

Taste Score = 8.5/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 8.5/10 Points (Additional stats below)


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After the last week's Which White Will Win and the Battle of the Reds, I decided to try something new...

For this week's poll, four varietals were competing from a single winery: Optima Cellars. I chose this winery because I love the story behind how wine brought Mike and Nicol together. I like to call it 'Serendipity meets Sonoma!'

After another great Wine Whore turnout for the vote, a winner was unanimously chosen to step up to the plate, or in this case, the glass.

The winner: the perfectly purple unfiltered Petite Sirah from the Dry Creek Valley.

If you were with me for the virtual tasting via Twitter and Facebook you already have a good idea of how well this inky Sirah performed. If you missed it, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then continue reading below to catch on what you missed.

Thank you all for enjoying a virtual glass of wine with me� I look forward to seeing you again next week!


Vintage Info:
"Optima Petite Sirah is produced from fruit grown in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Traditionally used in blending for its dense body and dark color, rich blackberry aromas, and ripe fruit flavors by careful aging in small French Oak barrels." -Optima


Recommended Food Pairing:
I tasted this wine with a delicious Shepherd's Pie. Although this molten mound of mash potatoes may not have been the wisest choice for such a dry full bodied red wine as this Petite Sirah, it didn't seem to matter. The wine was far too enjoyable to let anything else get in its way.

Today's food pairing recommendation is brought to you in part by John from the wine blog 'Printer-Designer-Wine Lover'. During the tasting he mentioned a pairing to try that I'll be sure to remember. He suggested pairing this Petite Sirah with some nice fatty raw tuna. What a great idea! I can almost taste how the dry grip of this wine would sing harmoniously with this pairing... I am even getting a little excited just thinking about it.

You can bet I'll be having some tuna for dinner along with my next bottle of Petite Sirah!


Stats:
Producer: Optima Winery
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Unfiltered Petite Sirah
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, California
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14.5
Aging: French oak barrels
Cost: $35/bottle


Wine Whore Score:


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Began in 1984 with 400 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Optima is a family winery that takes pride in their wine. Tedious winemaking techniques such as counter pressure racking, extended maceration, and unfiltered wines distinguish this winery from the rest. Most large scale wineries don't take the time and attention to implement similar practices into their process. After experiencing this wine for myself, I have to admit that you can taste the difference.

My wine time tasting experience summarized by the senses...

To the eye: Crimson red in hue over a deep purple base (No 'Smoke on the Water', please!)

To the nose: Wonderfully inky fruit and berry playfully tingles the sinuses.

On the tongue: Strong gripping tannins complimented by sharp mouthwatering berry dryness.

This wonderfully amicable sensory experience of this wine inspires a score of 8.5 for taste AND enjoyability. While cost and availability scored relatively low, you must keep in mind that this is not your typical mass produced Petite Sirah. This limited edition gem appropriately reflects its price point by demonstrating excellent taste and character.

Try a bottle and you will agree Que Sera Sirah..

Whatever will be, will be.... delicious!

Cheers!


Like this wine? Be sure to check out other Optima wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!


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1 comments:

jFLASHj said...

Thanx for the shout out! I so love Sushi and don't get me wrong saki is a good thing too. But the wino in me is always looking for a good wine pairing. Toro Tuna would be my first choice. Lightly seared is OK. I think the pairing works. Give it a try!

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