Norman Vineyards Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2007
Lovely, floral notes of blueberry and currant with spicy hints of cinnamon and black pepper. robust and satiny-smooth, plum flavors are superbly balanced and finish satiny-smooth. Perfect with lamb shanks or a rich, chocolate dessert.Add winemaker's notes
Welcome to Norman Vineyards, a small family owned winery in the beautiful hills west of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. We’ve been growing grapes here for over 30 years, and making wine for over 15. Our specialty over the years has been elegant Cabernet and Meritage, bold Zinfandels, Barbera, and Chardonnay. Along the way we’ve thrown in a few small production wines to keep it interesting, and now, Syrah, which joined our lineup in 2002.
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Lovely, floral notes of blueberry and currant with spicy hints of cinnamon and black pepper. robust and satiny-smooth, plum flavors are superbly balanced and finish satiny-smooth. Perfect with lamb shanks or a rich, chocolate dessert.
Norman Vineyards calls its flagship Zinfandel “The Monster,” but that moniker could also be applied to this big, ripe Petite Sirah. The grapes come from two vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles, one in the Adelaida Hills area and one in the cooler Templeton Gap. The wine spent 20 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 30 percent of which were new. Nearly everything about this Petite is big: It’s dark, ripe and concentrated, with ample blackberry fruit, hints of tobacco and white pepper and some mocha on the finish. The tannins are quite firm and drying, so the wine calls out for some hearty food. (The winery suggests pork roast or rack of lamb; I think some spicy pork ribs might be more appropriate.) Still, despite its jammy fruit and an alcohol content that weighs in at 16 percent alcohol, the wine doesn’t taste at all pruney or hot. There is one thing about this wine that isn’t big: the price, which is a reasonable $20.