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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-three (Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008)

It feels like months since I’ve had a wine tasting. What have I been doing to prevent this. Well, first off, I have been drinking, but I have not been writing about. In the meanwhile, though, I was preparing for and having a reading with Sean Thomas Dougherty at A Different Path Gallery. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon.) I went to The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D. C. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon, too.) And I’ve been writing a paper for my lecture that I will be giving Saturday. The lecture’s title is: Lineation: An Introduction to the Poetic Line. It’s 24 pages with 1.5-spacing. Which may or may not be too long for the 40 minutes or so I have. Actually, the lecture is 17 pages for 40 minutes, and then the rest is for exercises that will be done after the lecture, plus a one-page bibliography of things I didn’t read but that I want to read or may have a long time ago.

Anyway. I realized I need and want to write a book about the line. If you can’t wait for the book, the lecture will be posted, with pictures, on this site on Saturday.

Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008So enough of that. On to the wine – Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008.

I’ve had this wine before but a different vintage. I remember liking it. So let’s hope it’s still good.

Duriff grapes

Duriff grapes

The Petite Sirah is not related to Sirah, Syrah, or Shiraz. The Petite Sirah is actually a big, strong grape. Some say it’s the same as a Duriff grape, some say no, some it once was the same and no longer is. Perhaps it was. Perhaps it comes from Larkmead and Louis Martini’s grapes from the forties. Whatever the case, today it is its own grape. Or is it? (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says Duriff and Petite Sirah are synonymous. ) Anyway.

Does it taste good?

It’s a dark and bright wine. It smells of laughter and fruit and flowers. It smells of carmalized brown sugar and plums and green apples.

It tastes thiner than it looks, but the body is still large. There’s a mild amount of spice to it, as well. It’s solid concentration of berries, especially black berries. My girlfriend gets blackberry pie. She’s right.  I also get cold, dark plums.

There’s a sweet taste on the finish that I like but that I can’t identify.

This is a good wine, especially for $9.  I give it 88.5 points. The half point is for having laughter in its nose.

This should go good with the tomato, spinach, shiitake mushroom pasta with vodka sauce and Parmesan cheese.//


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