Concannon 2004 Central Coast Petite Sirah ($10.99)
Inky blackish-purple. Black cherries and blueberries and a hint of warm spice on the nose. Big and juicy cherry-berry fruit flavors wrapped up in substantial tannins and tangy acidity; tastes a bit more warm and full than its rather modest 13.5% claimed alcohol would suggest. Simple but muscular, with substantial aging potential; but you can go ahead and enjoy it now, if you don''t mind some tannic astringency: Tame the wine a bit with breathing and an appropriate match with rare red meat or strong cheese, and it''s good to go. US Importer: N/A (Aug 6, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Red meat is needed to tame the tannins. It was fine with juicy grass-fed hamburger pan-seared to a crisp exterior and juicy pink inside, crumbled over a simple summer salad of romaine lettuce, sweet onion and lots of ripe summer tomato.



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