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2009 R Petite Sirah 

Clarksburg, California

$29-$30 Retail

This bold, full-bodied red from winemaker Jeff Runquist comes from the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the Sacramento River delta, just east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Fruit for this wine was sourced from Enver Salman Vineyards. Cooling coastal breezes and Bay Area fog tempered the AVA's warm, sunny days. Following vinification, the wine was aged in 100 percent new French oak, adding a whiff of vanilla. The wine offers aromas of concentrated dark fruit, jammy blackberry and mocha with hints of cassis, black plum, anise, some earthiness and firm tannins. It's ready to drink now, but petite sirahs often age well and can be cellared for 10 years or more. Decant an hour before serving for best flavor. Drink it with grilled meats, roast duck, wild game, burgers and pasta Bolognese. Buy it at: The Wine Seller and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Pelican Club, Ste. Marie, Mr. B's Bistro and Mr. John's Steakhouse. — BRENDA MAITLAND


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