The characteristic Clarksburg Petite Sirah varietal that compromises the majority of this wine displays dark aromas of wild blueberry, black licorice and purple plum. 80% of the wine was aged on French oak promoting notes of caramelized vanilla bean. The remainder of the oak is Hungarian, which enhances characteristic notes of gaminess such as mushroom and tobacco leaf. This deeply expressive wine fills the palate with flavors of blackberry jam and dried cherry, mingling effortlessly with cinnamon bark and molasses. The mouth-coating tannins add structure and complexity to this full-bodied Petite Sirah, while the 6% Pinot Noir adds a layer of plush, round and supple flavors. This wine pairs nicely with olive tapenade on grilled bread, rack of lamb marinated with aromatic herbs or even dark chocolate lava cake.
Earth & Spicy
This is my new favorite everyday Petite Sirah. Fuller than most in a similar price range with large amount of deeper fruit flavors and notes of pepper. Beef Jerky notes kept popping in my head as I poured another glass. Thanks Wilfred for turning me on to this!
Smooth & Supple
savory short ribs
This one is pretty impressive. Not a powerful petite sirah, but one with lots of pretty fruit in the nose and on the palate; a crowd-pleaser for sure, the 2012 The Crusher Petite Sirah stays rich and grapey on the palate. This is a great way to get folks into this underrated varietal.
Fruity & Smooth
Dark berry and cream nose, fruit intense first notes with concentrated dried fruits then caramel creaminess with brown sugary/maple undertones. I have fudgey brownies fresh baked earlier today and will be saving some of this to go with them later for dessert.