2007 Private Reserve Petite Sirah
The Guglielmos are one of Northern California's oldest winemaking families, producing wine since 1925. Third-generation brothers George, Gene and Gary today produce the fruit of the vine from the family's 100-acre estate. The winery makes approximately 40,000 cases under two labels, Emile's and Private Reserve, including sparkling wines, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Only 789 cases were made of the 2007 Private Reserve Petite Sirah. On the nose, the wine offers both white and black pepper, clove and an underlying floral note. In the mouth there are more spices, including clove and anise, along with earthy notes of cedar, tobacco, bramble and the sweetness of ripe blackberry and black currant. A hint of smoke adds intrigue to the finish. Although its flavors are not quite fully integrated, it offers sophistication and value for the price. Try it with venison in a dark berry sauce, thick, grilled steaks or, for something different, smoked bacon BLTs on whole-grain bread. The wine would also work with bittersweet dark chocolate or aged, hard cheeses.
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