By Kori ~ August 12th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah from the Livermore Valley in California.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Concannon Vineyard, founded in 1883, has been run by a member of the Concannon family for its entire 127-year history. John Concannon is the fourth generation at the helm, seeking to sustain the legacy started by his great-grandfather, James Concannon, who founded the winery. Concannon was one of the few wineries that remained open during Prohibition making sacramental wines as a result of a connection with San Franciscoâ€™s Archbishop. In 1961, Concannon introduced Americaâ€™s first varietally-labeled Petite Sirah.
â€œThe 2007 Petite Sirah, Conservancy has fantastic depth and character. It exhibits a rich nose of fresh berry fruit, and the flavorful palate shows blackberries, chocolate, mocha and plums. Subtle notes of molasses, cedarwood, and ripe mulberries are complemented by soft, creamy oak tones and a smooth, silky finish.â€ â€“Winemaker Adam Richardson
2007 Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley, California): Inky purple in color. Aromatic with black cherry and oak on the nose. Blackberry, black cherry, black plum, bakerâ€™s chocolate, and a hint of earth come through on the palate. Full-bodied and crisp with medium to high, drying tannins and a very long finish. Big yet smooth.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $11.99; Available elsewhere, $10 to $12
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, California Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25