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Monday, December 12, 2011

2010 Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah

Winter is finally arriving here on Long Island and I’ll be focusing on some good reds for the colder months, for pairing with hearty winter dishes, sipping by the fireplace, or both.  I don’t care much for cold weather but it does give me an excuse to enjoy some reds that are a perfect match for winter.

2010 Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah

After Christmas tree shopping and watching the local parade last night, I chose the 2010 Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah to sip for the evening.  Petite Sirah I always reserve for winter months.  The wine would pair up nicely to a hearty winter dish but it sips very nicely on its own.  It has a very dark color as expected from a Petite Sirah (and yes, it left my tongue and teeth purple, also expected from a Petite Sirah).  The wine showed characteristics of plum and dark berry, and freshly baked blueberry pie with a hint of wildness, a bit of soft chocolate and very soft spice, and violet.  The texture is very smooth and luscious, not too acidic and really just very full and delicious with a finish reminiscent of the blueberry pie.  A winter wine should be full, elegant, and fun, and that’s exactly what this Petite Sirah is.  Another treasure from Lake Side Emotions Wine Boutique in nearby Stony Brook, it’s a reasonably priced red that delivers, and it’s a perfect wine for a winter evening.  And remember - Petite Sirah is not to be confused with Syrah - it’s actually also known as Durif.

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