Sunday, January 28, 2007

Rating: ***+ 2006 Chez Ray Petit Sirah - Lodi, CA

This brand new wine was made from one of the two types of Lodi grapes that were used in the 2006 Chez Ray vintages. This petit sirah shows a very deep, brooding purple red that is transparent but still almost black. Funky, interesting aromas - quite strong really - of yeasty barnyards. Sure doesn't sound pleasant, but actually quite intriguing. On the palate, it's round, with almost no tannins at all, somewhat typical for these Lodi fruit, and reflective of the long, cool fermentation and extended maceration. The taste is mouthfilling black cherry, with a medium length, clean cola finish. It will be good for blending and may have enough stuffing for a few years as it's own varietal.
(Ratings are derived from rating scheme of Spirit of Wine.)

Sampled again April, 2008. Medium mahogany red. No purple. Reasonably transparent now. Fruity, deep cherry cola aromas with a minor touch of pleasant barnyard. Consistent flavors, fairly quick finish. I'd tend to judge now at three stars out of five, dropping the plus.

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