Stonehedge Reserve Petite Syrah

#26 Front

We feel confident in saying that this wine will not appeal to most tasters. One of us described the palate as almost-rotten fruit, soy sauce, and green vegetable. Another described it more succinctly as smelling like a dried Italian sausage. On the palate, there was a pronounced oakiness, almost like smoked mesquite wood. One of us thought the whole package was a disaster, while the other thought it was interesting and different enough to merit (just barely) one star.

Canard Sauvage Petite Sirah

#25 Front

Oddly restrained for a Petite Sirah, as though the life has been sucked out of it. Hints of spice and dried fruit in the nose, but almost nothing on the palate. Nothing offensive—but not much of anything.

Blue Fin Petite Sirah

#24 Front

The amateurish label and $3.99 price tag should have been enough to dissuade us. Yet, if we were always so dismissive, we’d eliminate the chance of being pleasantly surprised. In this case, we were not pleasantly surprised. Instead, we got pretty much what we expected. The nose is candied fruit, sour yeast, and some forest-floor fungus. True to the varietal, this one has strong tannins, but also a sour and metallic taste.

Trader Joe’s Grower’s Reserve Petite Sirah

#20 front

Let’s start with something positive. This $4.99 Petite Sirah has the dark purple hue one expects from this varietal. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there. In the nose, candy apple competes with petrol, acrylic paint, and…well…garbage. The taste is more or less the same, with the addition of some pretty sharp tannins. Avoid.