Wine Name/Vineyard: Petite Sirah
Wine Category: Petite Sirah
Grape blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: Paso Robles
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 93 points
Review date: June 19, 2019
About the Winemaker: Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles California sits on a beautiful property with rolling hills, warm weather, and lots of beautiful vines. I usually try to visit when I make a trip to the region; They have won more awards than I can count and have an extensive list of wines which makes it an ideal stop on a tasting tour. They have something for everyone and the quality of the wine is great too!
Color: Dark Purple with a smoky topaz rim
Nose: Dried prune, cherry cola
Taste: Dark berries, fig, leather, a hint of strawberry, mint, and dried herb Finish: bay leaf
Assessment: Inky and full bodied. I wouldn’t call this wine dry given the inky characteristics and plentiful fruit; however it is a tannic wine. I’d say the perfect amount of tannins. Acidity is reserved but the wine is balanced well and the high alcohol content is held in check. I’ve always felt that Petite Sirahs, as a whole, don’t get the attention they deserve. It’s one of my favorite varietals, when done right they really can be something special; this is an example of a Petite Sirah done right. Opolo hits it out of the park here. It’s fantastic and it’s priced well too. Drink the 2011 vintage now; It’s the perfect time.
Pairing recommendation: Soft cheese, ribeye, dark chocolate.