Typical of black, thick-skinned petite sirah, the core looks inky purple with a narrow sliver of a clear rim.
The nose smells of medium intense, developing aromas of prune, lawn, coriander, almost swamped by charred oak, ethanol, and earthy funk.
The palate feels dry, acid medium, rough woody tannins add structure at an expected medium plus intensity, alcohol persists at 14.2%, body chunky.
Flavors taste of ripe and dried plums and black fruits, but sort of. Burnt splinters, leather, and alcohol keep shouting. Vanilla powder provides a light veneer to the medium length finish.
Concannon’s petite sirah shows typical varietal characteristics from a warmer climate. However, the oaking is overkill, the fruit a combo of dried out and under-ripeness, but still, quite good quality (3 of 5) and an interesting value.
Drink it now. The fruit won’t hold out more than a few years.
- The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Petite Sirah Symposium (wine-blog.org)
- Concannon Petite Sirah 2004 (waterintowino.typepad.com)