Trader Joe’s Grower’s Reserve California Petite Sirah 2013 

My Rating 85 Points.   

Price $6.
Beautiful ruby in color with a light ruby rim.

Light on the nose with blueberries, blackberries, figs, sweet plums, black pepper, licorice, wood, vanilla and sour cherries.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long thin legs.

Very fruity on the palate, and dry, with strawberries, tart cherries, plums, vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, spices, earth and leather.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tart strawberries.

This is a nice, inexpensive, everyday red. Not fully balanced, but has a great mouth feel.
Needs one hour to open up, but becomes somewhat tart after 2 hours. Nice complexity, but needed to be drunk a year earlier.

Made with Organic Petite Sirah grapes.

I paired it with soft and hard cheeses. Will also pair nicely with lamb dishes.

13% alcohol by volume.

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9 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Grower’s Reserve California Petite Sirah 2013 

  1. …which reminds me: at a wine tasting two days ago, we had a chance to compare Hagafen Syrah, which was nice, Hagafen Estate Pinot Noir, which was nicer, or so my husband said, but I didn’t quite agree, and Hagafen Estate Cab 2011, and that was just as spectacular as I remember from visiting the winery a few years ago. It is liquid velvet and drinks like a dream on its own or with various mini-burekas they had walking around. I meant to report to you before Yomim Tovim. Shana Tova v’Chatima Tova!

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  2. We live in a dry state, Tennessee,and close to Nashville. There is a Trader Joe’s and they just started selling wine July 1, 2016. We like a red wine and I noticed you mentioned serving it with a lamb dish. I first tasted lamb just last year at Epcot in Orlando for their Food & Wine Festival so I thought I might make a meal for us. What cheese would you recommend? Jen

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