Pearce, Arizona-based LDV presents two wines for us — each 100% petite sirah bottlings from the 2015 classic. (Sure, these are present releases.) What does a scorching local weather do with a troublesome grape like petite sirah? Let’s discover out.
2015 LDV Vineyard Petite Sirah – Fairly extracted from the beginning, you may be forgiven for assuming this was some type of dessert wine, dense with raisin and dried plum notes earlier than shifting into a mixture of milk chocolate and baking spice, heavy with nutmeg. Candy to a fault from begin to end, I discovered among the underlying flavors worthwhile, however the general wine a lot too dense and sugary to complete a glass. C / $40
2015 LDV Vineyard Petite Sirah Signature – Additionally very extracted and dense, however this bottling — aged solely 33 months as an alternative of 35 — has extra to tell apart and suggest it, together with a punch of licorice that tempers among the heavy, weighty black fruit within the combine. Heavier notes of (darker) chocolate and a clearer vanilla be aware add sweetness but additionally mute among the underlying spice. Total, it’s nonetheless a particularly wealthy, heady wine — however one with higher steadiness throughout. B / $48
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