William Gordon Winery
2010 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah •Viña de Las Peñas Vineyard
California: Alexander Valley
The Mouth Pleaser
Today’s William Gordon Winery 2010 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah posed a bit of a challenge for us at first glance. After tasting a great many highly rated wines, that 99 Point score set some pretty lofty expectations. Could this Petite Sirah possibly live up to the hype? To put it simply: this was one of the most delicious wines we’ve tasted in quite some time.
Today’s wine marks a return for William Gordon Winery. We featured their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon last month, and our Operatives just couldn’t get enough. We have a feeling that after tasting today’s Petite Sirah, this might be the wine everyone lusts over. Dripping with layer upon layer of lush, complex flavors, this is a wine to savor.
Combine this amazing wine with a budget friendly price, and you’ve got an absolute winner. If you’re anything like us, this is a wine to stock up on!
Deep and impossibly inky violet, with just a hint of a lighter red at the very edge of the glass.
Lush and aromatic, with bold notes of stewed plum and blackberry, trailed by clove, nutmeg, tobacco leaf, black peppercorn, and smoky, almost burned caramel.
Robust and extremely concentrated flavors of reduced black cherry, boysenberry, and black plum lead the way. These flavors mingle with stewed rhubarb, fresh berry bramble, smoky oak spice, rose petal, and a subtle hint of dill.
Deep and incredibly complex, this is a wine to savor. The finish is supple and smooth, with a touch of white pepper remaining after the dark fruit slowly fades away.
A ginger encrusted salmon filet, served with caramelized onions.
What the Winery Says
The 2010 Estate Petite Sirah is more refined than our 2009, with a lower alcohol and a more integrated palate. Inky deep violet in color, there are complex dark fruit aromas. There is a balanced restraint to the acidity, tannins, and oak from this full bodied wine on the palate. The blackberry flavors take center stage to soft toast and spicy flavors of the American Oak.
99 Point Score - Master Somm Catherine Fallis With notes of blueberry, blackberry, cherry and raspberry jam, vanilla bean, mocha, savory cumin, earthy white pepper, spicy black pepper, cedar, and damp forest floor, this complex red is enticing and a bit mysterious. Fruit and earth components play off one another on the palate as well, which is beautifully balanced and lively with fine tannins, juicy acidity and a long, darkly fruity and very slightly chewy finish. Serve with Steak au Poivre or a simple grilled flank steak.
- Gordon Drake, Bill Pesonen
- 99 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Viña de Las Peñas Vineyard
- 22 months in American oak
About the Winery
William Gordon Winery is the result of a shared passion for wine between Bill Pesonen and Gordon Drake. Our grapes are grown on the eastern slopes of the north end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. These grapes have been used for Geyser Peak, Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan Cabernet.