I have had both a Petite Sirah and an Edna Valley wine recently. I thought I'd combine the two and jog down memory lane to a past visit to one of my favorite wine areas, and one of my favorite wineries there. Here are my notes on that bottle:
"This is from Edna Valley Vineyard's tasting-room-only series of wines. A $20 purchase in their lovely and busy tasting room, this Petite Sirah from the San Luis Obispo area of California's Central Coast claims 14.5% abv. There's a beautiful artistic rendering of a vineyard against the hills on the label, but no artist information. It does look just like Edna Valley, though.
"The aromas here are very pungent, and quite nice. I get lots of big cherry, leathery notes, licorice, and a dark vibe from the aromas. A bit of alcohol on the nose burns off after a resting time. It's a very jammy smell, one that I find very inviting.
"The taste comes on a little hot at first - give it some time after pouring or decanting. The flavor profile is a powerful followup of what was present on the nose. The fruit is very forward, and it's a big blueberry fest. It doesn't appear as dark and forbidding as suggested by the nose. In fact, it's very welcoming. The tannins are a bit strong, but the structure is good and the finish is medium long. I had this with some Pinches Al Pastor tacos we brought home from the restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. It fit quite well."
Variety: Petite Sirah
Appellation: California > Central Coast
Vineyard: Islay Peak
Alcohol Level: 14.5% abv
Acquisition disclaimer: Purchased by the author at the winery tasting room