As you can probably imagine, one of the most exciting parts of my job is seeing a wine start as an actual planting of a grapevine and following it all the way through to its final tasting just prior to bottling. It never ceases to amaze me. Today we tasted our 2009 Lake County Petite Sirah (future bottling) from my dear friend Jake Stephens of Diamond Ridge Vineyards.
The color is deep dark plum with aromas of robust blackberry and dark chocolate. These fruity aromas lead onto the tongue and co-mingle with full-bodied black cherry, blueberry, hints of cocoa and a slight touch of vanilla. The well-managed tannins produce a long rich finish with luscious black fruits that last to the very end.
I can’t wait to open one of these babies in a year or so, and enjoy it with barbecue beef ribs that have marinated overnight in my Cousin Mars’ family recipe!