Vinum Cellars 2002 "Pets" Wilson Vineyards Clarksburg Petite Sirah ($14.00)
Inky dark reddish-purple, almost black, shows the typically opaque appearance of Petite Sirah. Rich and jammy fruit aroma is almost like sniffing a jar of blackberry preserves. Flavors similar, a burst of ripe, sweet fruit, mouth-filling and ripe, with tangy lemon-squirt acidity almost hidden by the fruit but sufficient to provide a sturdy structure. (Background on the label: "Pets," a nickname for Petite Sirah, gets a double meaning here, as the wine's name also honors grower Ken Wilson's dog Tanker, who is featured on the label. Part of the proceeds from sales of this wine support a Clarksburg animal shelter.) US Importer: (Jan 1, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Red meat is called for, and gyros-style lamb-and-beef burgers were perfect.
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