Bogle 2002 California Petite Sirah ($9.99)
Very dark purple, black in the glass, with a day-glo violet edge. Attractive black-plum and blueberry aromas, fruit-forward with hints of smoke, seem typical of Petite Sirah. Ripe and juicy black fruit and tangy acidity meet on the palate, so fruity that there's a brief impression of sweetness, but so tart and powerful with nearly 14 percent alcohol that it seems to finish dry. Tannins aren't perceptible, but good structure and balance elevate it above a mere "fruit bomb." FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Find vendors and compare prices for Bogle Petite Sirah on US Importer: (Feb 28, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Bold enough to call for robust fare. Red meat or sharp cheese would be welcome; it went nicely with a more offbeat dinner choice, fettuccine alla carbonara made with American smoky bacon.



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