William Gordon Winery
2010 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah •Viña de Las Peñas Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: 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. 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
- 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