Wine Review

Stark Sips: 2008 Quivira Petite Sirah, Sonoma (88 pts $26)

Zombie rules apply.

2008 Quivira Vineyards and Winery Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

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VERDICT: "Go for it"
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
Petite Sirah, 15.4% alc.
Purple will flow.

Purple will flow.

Quivira Petite SirahLike Quivira winemaker Hugh Chappelle suggests, this Petite Sirah could use another twelve to eighteen months in the bottle to “fully blossom.” Still, I found this to be a solid representation of what this grape is capable of producing.

Warning: Zombie rules apply (Insta-Zombie: Concannon Petite Sirah packs flavor, ink).

Petite Sirah is not a date wine, unless you like purple teeth. But that’s largely why I like it; bold, lots of blackberry and espresso. And there’s a nice structure thanks to the acidity which never results in — over-used expression alert — flabbiness, that juice-like quality that results from lack of tannins.

Another common expression: chewy. When I think of this Quivira, I think chewy. The wine coats your teeth. You might also call it velvety. It’s definitely not a spectator sport, but it’s why I really enjoy Petite Sirah. For many palettes I’m guessing it’s too much, hence the sales challenge in the US of this variety.

Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma is a good place to start when you’re looking for a good Petite Sirah. A boutique winery (just 417 cases of this ’08 were produced), this Quivira might be a challenge to find (start on their web site), but it’s well worth seeking out.

2008 Quivira Petite Sirah
Quivira Vineyards and Winery
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Alc. 15.4%
18 months in French and American Oak
417 cases
88 pts.

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...