Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Judd's Hill Lodi Petite Sirah

Judd’s Hill Lodi "Old Vine" Petite Sirah 2008
Lodi, California

Review: There's nothing petite about this Petite Sirah -- super bold and spicy! With grapes hailing from Lodi, California in the Central Valley (south of Sacramento), Napa Valley boutique vintner Judd's Hill makes another palate pleaser. 

In the US "Old Vine" is not a legally regulated descriptor, but will typically refer to vines of at least 25 years of age. Older, well established vines bear less fruit, but generate more concentrated flavors. You can often see evidence of the quantity vs. quality trade-off in the bottle. 

This wine has so much going on. On the nose you get dark cherries and plums. On the palate, the fruit is transformed by flavors of spicy black pepper, clove, and toasty oak. There's also a bit of a mossy undergrowth note that I find intriguing.  The wine is very well balanced, but at 14.5% alcohol, it runs pretty darn hot!

Food Pairing: This spicy wine deserves some spicy food! I'm thinking some Thai curry. 

Bottom Line: Good fruit, interesting spices. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2008
  • PLACE: Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Petite Sirah
  • BOOZE: 14.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Judd’s Hill Wine Club Shipment
What's the damage? Premium 

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