July 8, 2009

Wednesday's Wine - Harlow Ridge Petite Sirah, 2005

Despite my efforts otherwise, I could not find an ACTUAL picture of this bottle of wine, but since the label pretty much looks like the other Harlow Ridge wines that I've reviewed so far...you can just imagine it in your minds. So on with the review...

This wine, like the others, is from the Lodi region of California. I may have mentioned in a review of another Petite Sirah, that this grape is NOT to be confused with the Shiraz, Syrah, or Sirah grapes. They may have some original varietals in common, but they taste quite a bit different. A good Shiraz, Syrah or Sirah (different spellings related to where it is grown) is going to be "fruit forward" or as I once read, it's a wine that has a "big fruit" taste. Conversely, Petite Sirah is more earthy and actually kind of "small fruit" in taste. Maybe that's why it's called petite. What I do know is that this grape has been used in the past to give other wines more depth in flavor and color. In the last few years it's been showcased as a wine grape on it's own.

Harlow Ridge Petite Sirah, 2005 is typical for this grape. It holds up well with steak and probably other savory meals such as stews. I don't think it makes a great summer red, however. In fact, I still prefer Harlow Ridge's Cabernet and Pinot Noir. On the other hand, at $6.00 I would buy this one again. It's earthy with a vaguely tart edge. Not much alcohol on the finish, but a tad more than the other two just mentioned. Overall, I'd drink it again...in the winter...with some nice beefy stew and crusty bread...in front of a fire...in my fireplace...heh.



Jannie Funster said...

Geez, Woman, you one raging connisseur.

A wine vaguely "earthy and tart" should work fine for an earthy tart like moi. :)

secret agent woman said...

I'd drink pretty much any dry red wine in front of a fireplace.

TheWeyrd1 said...


secret agent...exactly again.

You two sure do pick up what I'm putting down!

KathSW said...

Look out -- If what you're *putting down* is a full wine glass, someone's bound to pick that up pretty quickly too. ;)

TheWeyrd1 said...

Kath...not faster than me reclaiming my glass of wine...heh.