2006 Vinum Cellars Clarksburg Petite Sirah Reserve

2006 Vinum Cellars Clarksburg Petite Sirah ReservePrice: $12.99 @ Whole Foods

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines “Nothing like a little inside joke to spark your curiosity. “Pets” is a nickname for Petite Sirah used by vet (veteran, not veterinarian) growers like Ken Wilson, who owns the vineyard where the fruit for this wine comes from. A portion of the profits for this wine will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA animal shelter in memory of Wilson’s dog, Tanker. Inky in color, this is wine that will leave a mark on your teeth and your memory. Notes of wet clay, lavender and clove lead into dark huckleberry fruit on the nose and palate. Subtle notes of vanilla cola linger on the finish. The wine had massive, teethcoating tannins and intense concentration to boot. It’s easy to see another correlation between this and pets, in the more traditional sense, it can easily become your new best friend.”

What I Think:

My curiosity on this one was easy to capture when my friend and colleague of RJ’s Wine Blog gave it a thumbs up and later ranked it as his #5 wine in his Top 10 of 2008 list. Couple his thumbs up with my enjoyment of all things Petite Sirah and it was an easy sale. In trying to tie this back to the winery site I found this PETS offering which seems to be the same, that said you can see my label clearly doesn’t match, can anyone confirm this is the same bottle?

Once the bottle made it home I was quick to open it. The nose was typical Petite Sirah. Initially, I was not to impressed. $13? Thinking immediately what do I have from Trader Joe’s to do a taste-off with… I felt this was tightly wound and full of tannins. To be certain it didn’t need some air I was sure to drink it over a few days, not much help. Full of dark but muted fruit and lacking the type of finish I expect from a Petite Sirah. I’m a fan of big and chewy but this one didn’t get it done. Even my wife, who rarely does so, gave it a thumbs down. Now, perhaps this is the case of the overhyped movie that ends up falling flat. Couple that with my dramatic rise in expectations with double digit price tags and this one may have had the chips stacked against it from the get go. Not bad by any means but at this price point I was expecting a bit more. That said feel free to give it a try, most love it. Perhaps I stand along on this one but I’ll spend my money elsewhere. Seen two Petite Sirahs at Trader Joe’s, one was the Rendition, I’ll give a try and see if it turns out better.

Rating: Pricey

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6 thoughts on “2006 Vinum Cellars Clarksburg Petite Sirah Reserve

  1. bummer, sorry you didn’t like this petite. i thought it was a really good petite for under $10, but interesting to see that it’s going up $3 since i bought it ar the end of last year. i know it was moving fast during the holidays, probably because they had it so well priced. at $13, though, i’m not sure it would have been on my top list because it’s definitely getting into a price range where it’s got a lot more competition. that said, i also thought it was a good petite because i always have a hard time finding petite sirah’s that i like under $15. would love to hear what you think of the rendition.

  2. @rjh never got around to the Rendition, I have the Inheritance staring at me, not sure $ my wife grabbed it. Was hoping this Purrfect Petite was going to be my answer. Alas, I’ll keep searching. Wait, have the Bogle here. Which did you prefer between the Vinum and Bogle?

  3. I picked up a 2007 Vinum Cellars Petite Sirah at TJs last night. They dropped the “Reserve” from the label, but also dropped the price to $5.99.

    I enjoyed it with some mild Indian food this evening. Fruity, but not sweet, and nice tannins in the finish. I’ll be picking up some more.

    A portion of the profits still go to the SF SPCA animal shelter Tanker Memorial Fund.

    Vinum Cellars says Wine Spectator gave it an 87.

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