2 Petite Sirahs For Under $20 That Will Please the Pocket and the Tongue

Pedroncelli 2009 Petite Sirah, SRP: $16

This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics, has been grown
side by side with Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley for over 100 years. Petite Sirah has been planted on this vineyard since the early 1900s and used in their Zinfandel production as an important part of the blend. The "Family Vineyard" connection is with Carol Bushnell who is John and Jim Pedroncelli’s niece; her vineyard has been a source of fruit since the 1940s. John blended this wine with half the fruit from estate vineyards and half from the Bushnell vineyard.

Harvested in late September, after a cool growing season, the slow ripening achieved great acidity, a high concentration of aromas and varietal flavors. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of the juice during fermentation al-lowed the young wine a substantial increase in flavor. The color extracted from the skins turns the wine a very deep purple color. The wine was aged for seventeen months in American and French oak barrels, one third new oak balanced with seasoned barrels.

The result is opaque and deep purple in the glass. This  Petite Sirah offers rich aromas of ripe cherry, white pepper and chocolate. It contains very deep and complex flavors of red plum and warm spice with a lasting finish braced by full tannins. It has the structure to age well over many years. Decant if desired .

Here is the perfect house wine or enjoy it for special occasions..

APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley     ALCOHOL 14.3 
BARREL AGING 17 Months in French and American Oak     pH 3.67
TOTAL ACIDITY .600g/1OOml


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Crusher P.S. 2011, SRP: $18

Crusher Petite Sirah 2011

THE CRUSHER

For more than 115 years, the Sebastiani name has been synonymous with
quality winemaking in Sonoma County. likewise, the Wilson family has been
growing grapes in the Clarksburg region south of Sacramento since 1922.
Created in tribute to the multi-generational partnership these two well-
regarded wine families have enjoyed, The Crusher is fittingly named for the point
where the fruit of one family’s labors literally gives way to those of the other.

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2 Delightfully Different Petite Sirahs From MICHAEL DAVID

Petite Petit

Petite Petit
2010 I Petite Sirah
Petit Verdot

Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Offering a joyous explosion of color and fun, it is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. It reveals remarkable richness with a finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger.

DOUBLE GOLD – 98 points
Best of California, Best of Class – Lodi

2012 California State Fair

85% Petite Sirah

15% Petit Verdot

3.54

0.59

14.5%

With a blend of 85 Petite Sirah, 15 Petit Verdot this huge wine is with a SRP of $18 this wine will knock you over with its intensity and power, yet woo you with it complex tannins, subtle acid and affinity to hearty stews, BBQ and cheese.
Lodi, California
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MICHAEL DAVID

EARTHQUAKE
2010  Petite Sirah
Over the top and shattering to the veins, all varietals under the
Earthquake label are Michael and David’s reserve level wines.
These wines posses major concentration and daring flavor with
only a limited production offered each year.

The original is the Earthquake Zin that comes from an old Lodi vineyard planted
around the time of San Francisco’s great Earthquake in 1906.
While mulling over a label name in the vineyard, Michael
Phillips thought it only seemed fitting to relate this intense
wine with the historical quake. With over 15% alcohol and
bold tannins, these dark and voluminous wines will definitely
leave your senses quivering.

Big, juicy, in your face, and ultimately a fine, bold wine full
of intense black olive tapenade, chocolate, and tobacco, with
a tannic, peppery finish, a nod to its 19 months spent in
French oak. Unabashedly big, brash and bold efforts aimed at people who love lots of up-front fruit. (Deep dark, plum, black raspberry and cherry). All of those fruit flavors and spices carry through the finish along with bits of chocolate and earth.

Technical Data:
T.A.: 0.59
pH: 3.60
Alc.: 15.5
Winemakers: Adam Mettler
Derek Devries
Composition:
Petite Sirah blended
with a bit of Cabernet
Sauvignon
Bottled: May 18th, 2011
Time in barrel:
19 months in French oak
SRP: $26

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Pasternak Wine Imports Is A Sign Of Quality On The Label

MORRO BAY

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Morro Bay, developed and owned by Pasternak Wine Imports, is the culmination of over 30 year’s of expertise in the wine industry.

Morro Bay is sourced from several vineyards within the Lange Family estate. The Lange family, 4th generation of grape farmers dating back to the late 1800s, currently controls 7,600 acres in California spanning three appellations and four counties.
The location of the vineyard in the Delta region of Lodi provides for dramatic temperature shifts from day to night due to the influence of the delta breeze from San Francisco Bay.

THE VINEYARD
Morro Bay Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from several vineyards within the Lange Family estate. The Lange Family have been farming in the Lodi appellations for four generations dating back to the late 1800’s. The location of the vineyard in Lodi provides for dramatic temperature shifts from day to night due to the influence of the delta breeze from San Francisco Bay. This allows for a slower maturation of
the grapes resulting in a better balance of acidity and complexity in the taste profile.

HARVEST & AGING
The vineyards are hand-pruned by experienced work crews adept at spur selection. Green harvesting is determined based on the berry set for a particular vintage. In addition to green harvesting, shoot removal and leaf pulling are employed to further enhance flavor concentration. Machine harvesting is done at night allowing the grapes to cool and thus maximize the flavors/acidity and balance. All grapes are
sorted via a sorting belt prior to being crushed. The wine sees 21 days of extended maceration which allows forward fruit, extraction of
complex flavors balanced by integrated tannins.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A swirl of the glass showcases this wines deep yet vibrant red color and releases its concentrated aroma of ripe cherry fruit.  Mingled with the fruit is traces of chocolate and spice from oak aging.  The soft tannins carry the palate through a long-finish.
Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Alcohol Content: 13.9%

srp $11.99,  Certified Lodi Rules sustainable

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2009 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL – DRY CREEK VALLEY

Dry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines Old Vines Zinfandel

A terrific red with a real Bordeaux character. Lovely fruit and balance.

HISTORY
First coined by winery founder David Stare in 1986, the term “Old Vine” has special
meaning to our family.  We define an old vine vineyard as being more than 50 years in
age. In the case of our Old Vine Zinfandel, the vines for this bottling are an average of 90
years of age and in some cases, more than 110 years old! Old Vine vineyards remain the
most prized and historic of all plantings in the Dry Creek Valley.
GROWING SEASON
2009 was almost a perfect growing season, with the only blip a minor shortage of
water from light winter rains. Growing conditions were ideal with bud break and
bloom happening normally. Summer temperatures were moderate with minimal
heat spikes. Harvest conditions were superb and by the time the rains came in early
October most of our fruit was already harvested.
WINEMAKER COMMENTS
At first swirl, this prized wine presents a special aromatic profile that is distinctive and
nuanced. From the beginning, one realizes that this wine is going to be a cherished
experience. Layers of briary blackberry, raspberry, exotic spice and black and white
pepper come forward. On the palate, the wine is precise and expressive, building
layers of flavor with elements of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Several
more minutes reveal a bright earthy quality that is truly unique. This beautiful wine
is a seamless experience from start to finish. 
2009 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL – DRY CREEK VALLEY
89 Points
Wine Spectator Magazine
2008 Vintage
92 Points – EDITORS’ CHOICE
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
89 Points – BEST BUY
Wine & Spirits Magazine
RELEASE DATE June 2012
BLEND 86% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley
HARVEST DATES September 28-29, 2009
ALCOHOL 14.5%
BRIX Average 26.3
FERMENTATION  Average of 20 days, pumped over twice daily.
BARREL AGING 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak
PH 3.79
TA 0.56g/100mL
SOILS
Hillside vineyards, mixed gravelly soil. Decomposed granite
in certain areas
VINE AGE Average age is 90 years
YIELDS Less than 2 tons per acre
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DRY CREEK VINEYARD OFFERS QUALITY & VALUE

HISTORYDry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2011 Dry Chenin Blanc
For more than 25 years, we have sourced fruit from the Clarksburg appellation in the
Sacramento Delta. This area has provided us with delicious Chenin Blanc grapes that express our Loire Valley inspired roots. Most California vintners have given up on
Chenin Blanc. We believe this delicious varietal has a rightful place at the table. It is
the perfect aperitif wine, extremely versatile and food friendly, making it one of our
most beloved wines. 

GROWING SEASON
The 2011 season was fraught with many weather related challenges. Our viticulture
team however, was up to the task; carefully managing the vineyard and providing us
fruit with near perfect ripeness levels. Winter rains were plentiful and lasted well
into the late spring and early summer. The summer growing season was unseasonably cool. Harvest was temperate and canopy management was a key to achieve optimal ripeness in the grapes. Unwelcome rains came later into harvest – fortunately, much of our fruit was already picked and safely at the winery. 

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
Since our founding in 1972, we have produced a wonderfully crisp, incredibly
refreshing dry Chenin Blanc. The 2011 vintage perfectly represents our love for this
wonderful grape variety. Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus
leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky
notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft
apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!

2011 DRY CHENIN BLANC – CLARKSBURG
DRY CREEK VINEYARD     3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD     HEALDSBURG, CA 95448     707.433.1000     FX 707.433.5329     DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
RELEASE DATE April 2012
BLEND 100% Chenin Blanc
APPELLATION Clarksburg
HARVEST DATES September 13, 2011
ALCOHOL 12.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR  0.6% (Dry)
FERMENTATION  Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 30 days
pH 3.53
TA 0.63g/100mL
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 10 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre

SRP: $12

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Two Chardonnays at Affordable Prices Make Ideal Summer Drinking: William Hill and Frei Brothers Excel.

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What a delicious wine.

Frei Bros. Reserve 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, at a suggested retail price of  $20.00, goes beautifully with seafood, light cheese, chicken and Japanese cuisine.

The balanced fruit and good acid make it the ideal wine for summer drinking.

At Frei Brothers Winery, they craft wines in a gentle, traditional style enhanced by the use of modern techniques to produce a wine that is both varietally accurate and reflective of the terroir of the Russian River Valley.  Chardonnay grapes are whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and maximize fresh fruit characters. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, which resulted in a plush texture and deep, layered flavors that express the terroir of the Russian River Valley

This 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma’s most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine displays flavors of green apple, orange zest and apple pie, complemented by notes of butter and toast. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel.

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William Hill 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay at a suggested retail price of $25.00 is another option. Somewhat more graceful, you’ll love the medium-light body and subtle finish. You’ll also adore it with shrimp and shellfish as well as goat cheese and duck.

This 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay reflects a transition to a new contemporary style by revealing elegant ripe tree fruit flavors of baked apple, supported by layered notes of toasty oak, caramel, and brown spice. The wine has a moderate mouthfeel and sweetness balanced by refined, juicy acidity.

The 2010 growing season in Napa Valley can be described in one word: uneven. A cooler and wetter summer delayed harvest, and an August heat wave drove temperatures from the temperate 70s to a scorching 110°F or higher in some areas. To cap off the irregular nature of the vintage, unexpected heavy rains blanketed the valley in late October. Chardonnay grapes were largely protected from the excessive rainfall because they were harvested prior to the unusual downpour. Despite the challenges, wines from this vintage are displaying great quality and refined structure.

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T R I N I T A S C E L L A R S 2008 Meritage

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Alcohol: 13.9%

Total Acidity: 6.6g

pH: 3.7

# of Cases: 978

Suggested Retail: $55

The 2008 Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
and Malbec.  Lush tannins and intense fruit flavors of black currant,
blackberries, plums, and cocoa combine on the palate for an excellent structure. 
Our Meritage is full, supple, and rich with a lengthy finish that will leave you
lingering for more.

54% Cabernet, 19% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec

The Vineyard
Our 2008 Meritage comes from the heart of Napa Valley in the Oak Knoll
AVA.  Oak Knoll is known for mixed soil types that create tons of full flavored,
intense fruit profiles.  

The Winemaking
The winemaker builds this blend piece by piece to ensure a wine with layers of
complex aromas and flavors. Kevin uses modern techniques of cold soaking the
grapes prior to fermentation and a slow, cool fermentation rate. This insures
maximum extractions of color, not tannins, and the preservation of the fruit
flavors.  This wine is then barrel aged in 22 months in 100% New French Oak.
The Vintage

Napa Valley’s vintners will remember 2008 as a year that offered winemakers a
little bit of everything. It may end up being a year known for exceptional
quality but not abundance.  Drought preceded a hard frost, which led to an
uneven set and a small crop. The heat spikes started just as the harvest began
but after that it was all smooth sailing.

A great wine and worth the price. Wonderful tannins and subtle fruit. Any beef, game or cheese will be a perfect companion.  Drink now or over  the next 10 years.

 

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Line 39 2010 Gets It Right

Line 39 2010Line 39 - Petite Sirah 2009

TASTING NOTES
2009
PETITE SIRAH
NORTH COAST
VINTAGE: 2009
APPELLATION: North Coast, California
ALCOHOL: 13.5%
TA: .69
PH:
WINEMAKER:
CASES PRODUCED:
SUGGESTED RETAIL:
3.44
Bob Broman
3,370
$10.00
Line 39 offers consumers a selection of varietals
from Lake County, AVA, an emerging wine region
in California located north of Napa Valley and the
North Coast appellation. Line 39 refers to the
latitude where many of the great wine growing
regions of the world are found.  Lake County
continues to impress critics with ideal growing
conditions and soil compositions that allow for
excellent fruit. Line 39 wines are versatile and
sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement
to a variety of foods.
WINE FACTS
The 2009 Petite Sirah offers aromas of red and black fruits,
with a hint of oak.  A full-bodied wine that is both complex and
elegant, this wine boasts rich flavors of dark fruits, cherries
and a long finish that we believe will help put Lake County on
the map.  This Petite Sirah calls out for big, juicy steak.

PETITE SIRAH
NORTH COAST
VINTAGE: 2009
APPELLATION: North Coast, California
ALCOHOL: 13.5%
TA: .69
PH:
WINEMAKER:
CASES PRODUCED:
SUGGESTED RETAIL:
3.44
Bob Broman
3,370
SRP: Under $15.00
Line 39 offers consumers a selection of varietals
from Lake County, AVA, an emerging wine region
in California located north of Napa Valley and the
North Coast appellation. Line 39 refers to the
latitude where many of the great wine growing
regions of the world are found.  Lake County
continues to impress critics with ideal growing
conditions and soil compositions that allow for
excellent fruit. Line 39 wines are versatile and
sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement
to a variety of foods.
WINE FACTS
The 2009 Petite Sirah offers aromas of red and black fruits,
with a hint of oak.  A full-bodied wine that is both complex and
elegant, this wine boasts rich flavors of dark fruits, cherries
and a long finish that we believe will help put Lake County on
the map.  This Petite Sirah calls out for big, juicy steak.

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