Proving that Petite Sirah is on the way up in the wine circles, J Lohr is confident enough in this grape’s popularity to produce a single-vineyard offering — from the warm growing region of Paso Robles. (Read more about Petite Sirah and the Paso Robles AVA). Rich, smoky, concentrated and port-like, it bursts out currant, plum, bittersweet chocolate, blackberries and cedar. High in alcohol and astringent tannins so not for guzzling, but contemplative sipping.
Sweetness=2 out of 10.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Price: $35 (yes, a little steep but in the blind tasting people exclaimed they’d pay it. And these are frugal wine shoppers, I might add)
Occasion: Blind tasted a sample sent from the winery.
Availability: Going to be tough to find but you can get it on the website
Food pairing: Slow roasted meat dishes like lamb stew, pot roast or grilled, fatty beef ribeyes.