Saturday, June 12, 2010

*** $$ Concannon Petite Sirah, 2004, Central Coast, CA - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review, April, 2009:The Concannon Petite Sirah from the Central Coast area of California has one of the beefiest bottles in all of commercial red winedom (winedom?). It is heavy, molded, and feels like it would bounce off the concrete wine cellar floor. It is also a unique offering for California - a purebred petite sirah. Concannon lays claim to being the first commercial winery to bottle petite sirah, starting almost half a century ago. It is moderately priced, and comes in at 13.5 percent alcohol, also fairly modest by today's red wine standards.

In the glass, Concannon Petite Sirah shows as deep medium red, turning opaque in the center. Beefy, bloody, slightly funky aromas spill from the glass. The funk is light, and will probably blow off with a short decant. On the palate, the first note is prickly ripe plum, which comes up and attacks the upper reaches of your tongue mouth, suggesting acids and tannins. They wrap a core of deep, purple, blackberry fruit - quite substantial behind the introductory acids and tannins. Finish comes on long, with an acid blast.

Intense experience, perhaps a bit bright and acidic for my style - but age and decant should mellow it out some. Two stars out of five, with plus for potential over time.

Updated review, about one year later, June, 2010:  Color is unchanged.  The aromas are more muted now, the beef having become simple red fruit.  Now, full tannins join the acidic plums on the palate, remaining quite gruff.

Following long decant, three days under vacuum in partial bottle:  The gruffness has settled into a full, rich, round mid-palate.  Very approachable and powerful.  Moves to three stars.

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