Wine Whore Review:

Truett Hurst North Coast California Old Vine Burning Man Petite Sirah 2006 (click for more info)
Taste Score = 8.5/10 Points (Additional stats below)

After last week's Vine of the Times discussion, I decided to experience the difference first hand between so called 'old vine' wine and other younger vines. Three varietals grown from elderly vines from the Dry Creek Valley were selected for the taste test. Why choose the Dry Creek Valley? This California region is infamous for excellent wines born from old vines.

The winery: Truett-Hurst

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

The wine you chose for me to drink: The Old Vine Burning Man Petite Sirah from Truett-Hurst.

While I can't argue with the fact that this wine has a cool (if not somewhat intimidating) name... How will it stand up to the taste test?

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

Vintage Info:
"This blockbuster of a Petite Sirah is not for the faint of heart - it is intensely scented with ripe plum and blackberry, enhanced by orange blossom and honeysuckle notes. The mouth feel is rich, ripe and round and packed with flavors or dark fruits, toasted coconut and peppery spice." - Truett-Hurst

Recommended Food Pairing:
The chewy, fully bodied, dry flavor of Petite Sirah pairs best with roast chicken with copious amounts of pepper, garlic, and lemon to share the burden of the dry structure of the wine.

Producer: Truett-Hurst
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel
Appellation: North Coast, California
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: 1,000 cases
Alcohol %: 15
Aging: 12 months in French/American (60/40) oak
Cost: $32.99/bottle (Get your own bottle!)

Wine Whore Score:

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

To the eyes: Deep crimson hue stained by an inky velvet complexion.

To the nose: Wood wrapped in thick tanned leather with a hint of blackcherry roses.

On the tongue: Tingling mouthfilling structure fades into a dry crisp rush of a finish.

This 'old vine' experience taught me several important things. Not only do these wines pack an 'in your face' outlook to winemaking, they come to the party packing a relatively hefty percentage of alcohol content. These old vines are to be taken seriously! They are NOT for the faint of heart. If you are bold enough to face the challenge of the old vine, you will be rewarded by full flavor and a festively feisty buzz!

Get yourself a bottle and experience the old vine kick for yourself!


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melinda said...

Constant tease. You know all this talk of Burning Man is driving me mad. Reminds me of my wild college days.

I love Petit Syrah but it's rather hard to find here.

Have a great weekend!

The Wine Whore said...

Hello melinda! I am a content tease and a Wine Whore :) Those college stories are always the best! Maybe one day, we can share them over a bottle.

Wishing you a great wine weekend!


Kort said...

Great review (and tease).
The Renwood old vine Zin I had the other weekend had a 15% alc content too. I think it was more subtle in it's delivery though. ;']

the beer wench said...

Rumor has it that Truett-Hurst makes some pretty slutty wines. But rumor also has it that I made up that rumor this past winter when I "poured" wine at their table during ZAP.

Hehe nevermind, you had to be there. I did get to taste this wine at ZAP ... because they had it under the table (GASP!). Good stuff. Can't find in in FL yet, though. Boo.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello wenchie! I am jealous, that must have been a blast getting to check out ZAP... and pour! I can't believe they would keep this one under the table... unless they were just trying to save it for themselves! :)

Real shame this one isn't sold locally. Although this is my first 'old vine' Petite Sirah, I really enjoyed it.


The Wine Whore said...

Hello Kort!

It's crazy just how much difference 1% can make in alcohol content. I'll have to try the Renwood Old Vine to compare! This one was a real Chuck Norris.... watch out! :)


The Buddhist Conservative said...

I haven't tried the Truett-Hurst wines yet but will try to stop by on our next trip to Dry Creek.

I am currently on overload on petite syrah having tasted 72 of them in the last two days ( I need to gargle with acetone to get the tannis out) along with 86 California zinfandels and a handful of primativos. I don't know who produced them yet but can safely say there were about 8 or 9 standout petites and about 15 standout zins.

As long as we're on the subject of old vines I can reccomend three double gold zins from the Amador County Fair (Sierra Foothills, CA) two weeks ago.

Sobon Vineyards 06 Amador County Primativo (Best of Show)
Sobon 06 Cougar Hill Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
Tera de Oro 06 Deaver Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (120+ year old vines)

Both wineries have national distribution or can be ordered through the wineries. These are some of the best old vine zinfandel I have tasted in a long time.


The Wine Whore said...

Hello Buddhist!

That is quite a few Petite Syrahs to have tasted in only two days... I could see how that could totally blow out your taste buds! :)

Thank you for the great recommendations... I'll check those old vines out!


Kort said...

Let me know when you try the Renwood Old Vine. ;')

The Wine Whore said...

I will definitely let you know! I can't wait to check it out! :)


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