Don't you love it when you go to restaurant that had found itself "off the list" for one reason or another, and find that it's back "on the list"? That happened with Tart on Fairfax. I don't remember why we stopped going there, but one night it was convenient and - lo and behold - there was a parking space right in front! That was the clincher. In we went, and right away the Bogle Petite Sirah jumped off the wine list at me. It's a good wine, a very good one. I'd had it before and was impressed with not only the aroma and taste but the price, too. It seems like it was in the $10 per bottle range. Here at Tart, $9 per glass.
The nose is full of cherry cola, with a lot of plum and blackberry in there. You find that on the palate as well - tons of jammy dark fruit with a bit of an earthy taint that just hints of its presence. It's darkly lush and quite intense. I had the blackened tuna burgers appetizer and it went quite well with the seared tuna, hitting the nail on the head both with the charred exterior and the extremely rare interior.
Variety: Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Clarksburg and Lodi
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Acquisition disclaimer: Purchased by the author