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Lodi 2010, Petite Petit, Michael David Winery ($26.90, 12182551)
A blend of Petite Sirah (85%) and Petit Verdot (15%). Spent 16 months in French oak barrels. 14.5% ABV.
Sawdust, earth, spice and a hint of vanilla against a backdrop of plum and black cherry. Fruit-forward but in an appealing juicy way. More fluid, faceted, savoury and food-friendly than, say, the recently tasted Plume Cabernet. Drier and brighter, too. Light tannins provide sufficient structure and the oak doesn’t weigh things down, only chiming in on the decent finish. The bottle my glass came from had been open several hours and the wine was reportedly better for it, so extended carafing is probably a good idea. (Buy again? For a cookout, maybe.)

Written by carswell

May 15, 2014 at 10:55

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