Enkidu Petite Sirah Red Hills Lake County Diener Ranch 2003
The 2003 Fazekas is the first wine we made, this incredibly dark fruited Petite Sirah has undergone wonderful changes since it has been bottled, it is really worth a try! This Petite goes through a native yeast fermentation after a five-day cold soak. Due to the tannin structure of Petite Sirah, no stems are retained. Punch downs occur twice daily until dryness, after which the tank is sealed for extended maceration. At pressing the free run and the first light pressings go directly to French oak barrels, 30 - 40% new, followed by rackings every four months with a great deal of splashing. After 16 months we bottle unfiltered and then allow six months before release. Aromas of forest floor, briary black fruit with hints of asian spice and tar that evolve in the glass. On the palate the flavors for spicy chocolate, crushed black fruit and tar, accompanied throughout by a pommace component. The dry tannins fill out the full bodied Petite and contribute to a long finish. 265 Cases produced. Available in 750ml and 500ml.
Editorial Reviews for Enkidu Petite Sirah Red Hills Lake County Diener Ranch
Still incredibly dark in the glass the color here has begun to show some of the softening of age. Very spicy nose with a blend of typical wood tones and notes of baked black plums, strong cigar box, leather, dried beef and a light mineral tone. Big and chewy in the mouth but balanced and fresh with bright acidity and fine tannins, that are slightly drying, supporting solid plum and boysenberry fruit. A moderately powerful bottle of Petite Sirah with real depth and nice red plum notes on the moderately long finish that ends with a flourish of bitter-sweet chocolate and cigar box. While this is entering it's prime drinking plateau, it's balance, combined with the fact that it's Petite Sirah, means that there is no rush to drink this. Could use a thick, charred, rare, dry-aged steak! 88pts
Deep dark fruit nose, but the palate is really soft/silky on the attack. Pretty soon that tar and leather kicks in with just a touch of fruit. A very intriguing wine that finishes with a tannic kick.
White pepper on the nose, still a deep, dark, rich wine. Well balanced, but i bet it was hot in its youth, but a big wine overall. Rich, deep stewed fruits: plums, cherries. Nice minerality as well, and I'm pleased to see it break through the fruit. Peppery finish, with a hint of toffee.
Deep, chewy fruity ruby attack, oaky finish, good sugar and alcohol. Medium tannins may complement lamb or pork well.
Dark and inky but thankfully this is a few years old so it's had time to mellow out. At first it was a bit hot on the nose, but this blew off and was left with some nice peppery aromas. Intense blackberry flavors but a very enjoyable after taste.
Yummy. Aromas of plum, rose petal, and tar. Flavors of plum, spice and a tarry, tannic finish that is long but slightly drying. Great QPR.