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Gann Family Cellars '06 Petite Sirah

Gann PS Bottle

Each Tuesday night at 6:00 PM on there is a winemaker/owner of very small production wines on livestream. Scott Jordon conducts live interviews while tasting the wines together. Getting the wines ahead of time just removes the virtual and makes it reality, as we taste/tweet along (with freinds @tampawinewoman, @myvinespot and @dangod1). The added benefit of signing in with twitter so the hashtag becomes automatic helps take it to the next level.

It is now week three for wine posts from Wandering Wino, and I have to say I'm impressed with the wines. The reason is that week one was a great wine. Week two, well I'm pretty sure I was levatating. Now week three I am just waiting for the average wine, only to get hit again with stellar wine in the Gann 2006 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah.

In my experience with Petite Sirah, it tends to be a wine often needing age with really big tannins. As this wine is released now, I thought it was something that should be decanted and sit next to a nice marbled porterhouse. I decanted in the afternoon and had just a small taste from the fresh pour. I was very pleasantly surprised with the great (PS) tannins that were not immediatly demanding the steak like many other PS might. 

Several hours later, I revisted with a full pour. Time to breath allowed this Petite Sirah to have much more subtle tannins.Beautiful black currant was the my first sense. Great cherry and plum up front. This wine showed fantastic structure and balance. Eucalyptus on the nose, and I'm thinking, this is only $42 ($33.60 for club members). At this point you may think I sound like a commercial but here is the thing, I travel the State monthly tasting California wines. I see the prices and I am all about "QPR," (quality-price-ratio). Michael Gann mentioned to try to compare this to an $80 Cabernet Sauvignon. Considering his point while I tilted back another taste, I thought how spot on he was. 75 cases and sure to be gone very soon.

Fantastic wine at a really nice value. No need to age this beauty, pop and pour!