Ever wondered what wines will stain your mouth after just one glass? I’ll tell you the 2013 The Independent Petite Sirah is definitely one of those, but don’t turn your nose on this dark, jammy and dry wine just yet!
Wine Makers Notes
Chris Condos has been making (amazing) Petite Sirah for a longgggg time in this wine region just outside Sacramento, so we thought it was about time we got together to make our first bottle of the black-skinned grape. Pop the cork and you’ll notice those dark fruity notes right away. Take a sip and get ready for a wallop of flavor, plus some yummy vanilla notes, thanks to its time spent in french oak.
Name: The Independent part of the Club W Wine Club
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Origin: Clarksburg, California
My Tasting Notes:
This dark and rich wine is quite deceiving at first taste. The wine has a very young and slightly neutral tasting, but letting it stand for a while the wine completely transformed. It’s pucker-dry immediately on the mouth, then hints of cherry and jam fill your mouth, and finish with a high acidic tannin mouthfeel which is quite nice.
Mostly this wine is bold in color, and gets a little too fruity after a while for my palate. Club W mentions The Independent Petite Sirah has a cherry coke aroma, but I actually tasted it in the wine. There loads of body and quite a bit of worthy notes, you’ll definitely want to decanter this before you start sipping away.
When To Drink
I would not serve this at a dinner party, ‘wine lips’ are not attractive on anyone. However, the wine would go good with an evening at home or with close girlfriends. You can laugh at each other’s funny ‘wine lips’.
What’s The Verdict
This jammy wine has loads of potential, three stars out of five, yet the dryness was exquisite at the end the cherry tones were to upfront for my taste buds. I tend to stick to more earthy and robust wines like a Malbec, Merlot or Cabernet Franc. If you get this on your suggested wine list let me know what you think!
I paired this wine with a rib-eye steak lined with bacon, and slightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Club W has a wonderful Carne Asada Tacos recipe, I would just substitute the jalapeño for a Serrano chile to add a bit more heat to those tacos for a perfect evening of wine and spice!
If you want to know more about the Club W Wine Club check out our review here.