We hope you have enjoyed our first Taste & Talk with Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of the interview can be found by clicking on each of the links and so far we have reviewed the 2008 Red Côte Rosé, 2005 Sly Dog Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2006 Seven Artisans Meritage.
We are now down to the fourth and final wine from Jeff and Artisan and today's episode of PTC TV is a review of the 2007 Seven Artisans Petite Sirah. The video tasting note below includes some comments from Jeff about the vineyard where he grew the Petite Sirah, his approach to crafting this wine and some thoughts on the tannin and alcohol components of the wine. The wine is 100% Petite Sirah, 14.9% ABV and there were 475 cases produced.
As always the written tasting notes (taken over two days of tasting) are below. We decanted the wine for 2 hours before the video tasting.
Please note: Pulling The Cork received this wine as a sample from Artisan Family of Wines.
2007 Seven Artisans Petite Sirah - USA, California, North Coast, Suisun Valley
Decanted for 2 hours. 100% Petite Sirah. 14.9% ABV. Very deep, dense and intense blue/purple and the color only diminished slightly as it got to the edge. The nose was huge and intense with aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, blueberry and a touch of rose petals. The bouquet was fresh ground black pepper, cinnamon and a hint of sage. A pretty complex nose. In the mouth this was full bodied and chewy with very firm and big tannins. The tannins were very pronounced and typically mpoyh drying for Petite Sirah. There was some good acidity which, if you aren't paying attention, could get overlooked behind the tannins - but the acidity is there. The flavor profile was ripe dark cherries, blackberry, plum, blueberry and briar patch with more black pepper, sage and some clove. The finish was long with the 14.9% alcohol almost completely masked behind the fruit and spice. Blacberry, plum, black pepper and cinnamon lingered.
Day 2 - Now open for 24 hours, the aroma and bouquet were the same as Day 1 and almost as intense. The flavor profile was the same with the fruit coming much more to front and becoming a bit more lush. The big tannins were still very present but a bit more soft and playing in better harmony with the acidity and flavors than the previous day. Still very full bodied with a long finish.
A complex wine that is spot on correct for the varietal with the acidity and tannin structure to age well for 10-20 years. The big tannins may scare some off and this wine is not for everyone but for $17.99 this is another good value from Artisan Family of Wines. Highly recommended! 50+5+13+17+8=93 pts (click here to learn more about what these number mean)