2009 Petite Sirah
Sierra Foothills, CA
Andrew Friedlaner and Janis Akuna set out to find a team that could make great wine in California's Amador County. The result is Andis, one of the most state-of-the-art wineries in all the Sierra Foothills. In close collaboration with winemaker Mark McKenna, the couple focuses on combining traditional and innovative winemaking techniques to create a boutique line of wines that reflect terroir as well as varietal correctness. Currently, Andis produces Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Barbera, Grenache, a rosé, red blend and Petite Sirah. The 2009 Petite Sirah is made with the addition of 20 per cent Syrah to brighten the finish. On the nose, it offers aromas of blackberry, black plum and leather. On the palate, there are flavors of tart pomegranate and cherry, blackberry and a hint of cocoa and spice. We appreciate the wine's bright acidity and medium body, considering how overbearing this varietal can sometimes taste. Serve with hearty, winter stews, grilled sausages or, for vegetarians, a lentil casserole. The wine would also finish a meal beautifully paired with a platter of aged, hard cheeses, walnuts, almonds and assorted dried fruits.
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