Your Favorite Petite Sirah
Although I have not had very many I am finding PS to be one of favorite varietals.
So far this what I have had:
Bogle - OK for $13
Vina Robles - Tasted at winery. Good but didn't think it was worth the price.
J Lohr Tower Road 2006 - Tasted and bought a bottle at winery was expensive I think around $40
Derby Estate 2006 - Just picked up a bottle at local wine shop for $10, might try it tonight.
Please post what your favorites are.
( I am also liking 100% grenache a lot but let's save that for another time)
Bogle PS is widely available for $10 or so in the San Francisco area and is a good value at that price.
Concannon makes a good PS that should sell around $12 to $14.
Foppiano in Sonoma County specializes in PS and theirs sells in the $15-$20 range.
Storrs Winery, Santa Cruz Mtns. AVA*
Ridge Vineyards, California (Sonoma)
T-Vine, Napa Valley AVA
On the less expensive side, I'd second the suggestions of Bogle, Concannon and Foppiano.
* The 1994 vintage won "Best of Show" at the California State Fair -- the first Petite Sirah to ever do so.
Greg sold it in 2009; current vintage of PS is 2008, ***and*** the winemaker remains the same.
From their website:
>>> In 2009, a partnership by three friends and fellow vintners – Jim Regusci, Chuck Easley and James Harder – was formed to acquire T-Vine Cellars with the goal of carrying on the T-Vine traditions and enhancing and adding a few interesting grape/vineyard sources for the winemaking team. The T-Vine winemaker / head cellar master for over 10 years, Fernando Candelario remains at the helm and continues to craft the wines and oversee all aspects of winemaking. <<<
The Bogle seems to be a very solid choice at a low price point. One that I've loved recently - especially as I can really only stand Petite Sirah's that are a bit softer in style - is Sheldon's 2006 PS. I picked some up on my last trip to California. They don't make much wine, period (it's a garage-style operation in Santa Rosa) but there is still some available direct: http://www.shop.sheldonwines.com/