Eos Paso Robles Petite Sirah

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Eos Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Eos Paso Robles Petite Sirah 2005 is not the wine I thought I’d be writing about today. Having attended the Decanter Fine Wine encounter last weekend and with over 50 notes its incredible that the Eos Paso Robles Petite Sirah is the wine that has moved me to write my first blog entry in two weeks. My lack of blogtiviy hasn’t been down to sheer laziness, that in fact makes up for only about 50% of it. The other 50% is the Christmas madness that wine stores, online or offline, face around this time of year with The Cellar Door being at its busiest EVA!

That’s a good enough excuse? Ok, let’s press on.

Last weekends Decanter event showcased some of the very best wines in the world. I made my way round Finca Sophenia, Grant Burge, Peter Lehmann, Chateau Faugeres, Craggy Range, Maison Chapoutier and the best of the Italian stands including Petrolo, Planeta, Feudi di San Gregorio and Braida. If that wasn’t excitement enough I also got to rub shoulders with a certain Steven Spurrier and the very talented Oz Clarke. Trying over 50 wines on the Sunday of the event and not figuring out sooner that I really should spit meant I felt I should take my leave at around 2pm still with some great wines untried. Live and Learn! If you’re interested in the tasting notes from this event I’ll post them on the next Wine90 entry.

So onto what I’ve become most excited about over the last 2 weeks and that is the £10, available at Wine Rack, beautifully fragrant and oh so long on the finish Eos Paso Robles Petite Sirah. I have to admit to never having heard of the winery Eos. Californian wines not being my strong suit I was quite sure this would be an outside bet for my £10 but, low and behold, and really for the first time since coming home I’ve found a bargain.

I’m in love with Petite Sirah generally, I’ve enjoyed the limited amount of Petit Sirahs I’ve been able to get my hands on whilst living in Italy and whenever I see a Petite Sirah in a wine shop I make a grab for it. Completely undervalued and virtually unknown to the general populus in the UK, Petite Sirah is something you should be drinking in 2009. If you haven’t yet compiled your new years resolutions then “drink lots of Petite Sirah” should be the first on your list.

Although labelled Petite Sirah the Eos bottling contains small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Franc but with Petite Sirah making up 96.8% of the blend and no indication of these other varietals on the bottle I’m not sure why the winemaker has opted to add the other grapes. If you know, add a comment below. Aged for 22 months in new and old oak (some of it French!) the wine is surprisingly cheap considering the quality and the effort the winemaker appears to have taken. As a late harvest grape, Paso Robles is the ideal terroir for Petite Sirah as the rains come later than in Napa or Sonoma. Education part over, the upshot is that this wine has an exquisite nose, thick and ripe in the palate with a finish that makes your eyebrows raise and twitch. Long story short, this wine rocks and you need to try it ASAP.

EOS Paso Robles Petite Sirah 2005BUY – £10
Deep purple in the glass and right off the bat you are hit with a blockbuster nose of cherries, spices and pepper detectable even to those with a touch of the flu. On the palate the wine is thick and jammy with a lustrous mouthfeel, flavourful and smooth with acres of blackcurrent in the mid palate. 14% alcohol held with absolute style, nothing harsh or hot in the finish which goes on and on with notes of chocolate. Not really complex just simply delicious. 90 Points
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Talking Wines – €12
Americans – Napa Cabs – $10
Brits – Talking Wines – £9.99 (or in Wine Rack/Threshers)

Leave a Comment
Are you into Petite Sirah? Do you have a favourite? Share your Petite Sirah experiences and recommend Petite Sirah wines to me cos I can’t get enough of ’em. Cheers.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Switchback Ridge are the kings of PS but they’re in Napa. Perhaps your EOS vineyard make the most of their position.

  2. The Prosecco Lady says:

    Highly recommended for further information on Petite Sirah, is the P.S. I Love You site (http://www.psiloveyou.org/), with its mission to promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a noble variety. I’m a big fan of PS, give 2001 Alexander Valley Estate Petite Sirah a try if you can find it.

  3. Nathan says:

    I’ve had this wine on many occassions and its can be hit and miss. The price is so low that you can take that risk. Another Petite Sirah I enjoy is Rosenblum from the central coast. Around $30 a bottle but always high quality.

  4. Marco Raimondi says:

    I’ll ditto Nathan on the Rosenblum Petite Sirah, but suggest looking for the excellent Rosenblum “Heritage Clones” Petite Sirah which retails for about $15 U.S. here in the states.

  5. Tom says:

    Chistopher Creek (california) is one of the best PS I have ever had…so where can i buy this one in Italy Sara

  6. wine blog says:

    I’m very picky with this grape varietal because often times I feel it’s a bit to chunky and clumbsy for my taste. I like the stuff from Madrigal and think it’s probably one of the best Petite’s out there. Hey, I think my readers would dig your content! Let me know if you’d like to swap a link!

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  8. I like only organic wines which are chemical free & made with bio-dynamic methods.

  9. We are fans of the Girard Petite Sirahs from Napa. For a complete change up from the big robust PSs, try the Vina Robles Petite Sirah. Although it is from Napa, the owner and wine maker are both Swiss and the wine is more of a well balanced European wine.

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