The Vintage Wine Tasters met this past Wednesday at our bimonthly meeting to blind taste and judge six Petite Sirah wines in the budget category of around $20 or less. In case you are new to following the Vintage Wine Tasters, we are a group of nine hobbiest wine drinkers who love discovering terrific wine bargains and values. We drink a lot of wines and have been doing so for a very long time, hence the name of our group, Vintage. Our host Bruce did a terrific job searching out Petite Sirah wines in this price category. It seems to be that the majority of Petite Sirah wines are above $30 mark in price, so the task of finding quality Petite Sirah was a little more intensive than the norm. The host always has the assignment of searching out wines and tasting a broad selection until arriving upon the top six for the wine tasting.
Here are the results of the Petite Sirah taste off.
2007 Jeff Runquist Winery, R Salman Vineyard, Clarksburg – $22.99 at Beltramos
2008 McManis – $9.99 at K&L Wines
2007 Bogle – $8.99 at The Wine Stop, Burlingame CA
2007 Powder Keg Hopland – $12.99 at BevMo
2007 Vina Robles, Jardine – $19.99 at K&L Wines
2007 David Bruce Central Coast – $16.99 at K&L Wines or $14.99 at Beltramos
The Jeff Runquist Petite was a runaway winner with almost all tasters having it at the top of the list. Conversely, the David Bruce was at the bottom of almost everyone’s list. Also a big surprise was the Vina Robles in 5th place at our tasting. The Vina Robles Petite Sirah had a 93-Point Rating from the Wine Enthusiasts and an exceptional rating from wine writer Dan Berger. This information of course was revealed as each wine was uncovered. We had a big discussion about this wine and re-tasted it with our lunch. The wine was good but still ranked in 5th place.
The McManis at $9.99 and the Bogle at $8.99, the 2nd and 3rd ranked wines are terrific bargains at under $10. Incidentally, the Manus Petite co-winemaker is Jeff Rundquist, who made our top choice wine. Yes, the Rundquist wine is over the $20 mark by just a bit, but we felt at this price the wine was an amazing value and could easily be above the $30 range.
Our next taste off in two months will be Malbecs. There are many good Malbec wines from Argentina well under $20 and lately we have seen more California wineries producing this varietal. This should be a fascinating tasting.