Wednesday, December 12, 2007

WBW: Que Sirah Sirah: Hey Bud it's Waltzing Bear Petit Sirah

Thank you Sonadora over at Wannabe Wino for this weeks' topic. After much deliberation and tastes of not so recommended Petit Sirah's , WCWC Adventures can fully endorse the 2004 Waltzing Bear "Bud" Petit Sirah for Wine Blogging Wednesday. This wine is sourced from French Camp Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County and retails for around $28- $32.

I got to catch up with the winemaker, Brad Lowman, at the Wine Wonderland Event at Chef Rick's recently and loved the Pinot Noir that was pouring, but that's for another post. We picked up a bottle of "Bud" Petit Sirah after the event. Talking with Brad had reminded me how much I loved his Petit Sirah at the ABC Open House Day over at Tantara earlier this year.

Bud is named after Brad's father who is a big Petit Sirah fan, so what better wine for Que Sirah Sirah. We opened up a bottle of the Waltzing Bear Bud 2004 Petit Sirah this week and we were not disappointed. Lovely mouth feel, sumptuous fruit and a nice velvety finish. Passion inspiring wine.

Tasting Notes:
The wine was dark but not as inky as many Petit Sirah's. This is a plus in my book, since this wine was well rounded wine on the palate and not flabby with an abrupt astringent finish akin to some Petit Sirah's I've had in the past. Lovely nose of black cherry and a touch of vanilla. Upon tasting, a lovely velvety mouth feel with a judicious amount of juicy cherry fruit and vanilla. A sumptuous, seductive wine meant for a great occasion. Pair with red meat or dark chocolate. This wine was aged in French oak and babied like like it was Pinot. Fantastic tannin management for a sometimes challenging varietal.

If you are in Los Olivos, CA on 12/15( 1-4pm) , Brad will be pouring at Wine Country. Try this Petit Sirah for yourself and let us know what you think.

7 Comments:

Sonadora said...

Glad you could finally find one you could endorse! This one sounds excellent, I love that it's named after the winemaker's father! Thanks for participating.

SB Wine Advocate said...

Thank you Sonadora for the great WBW Topic. I really enjoyed our first Wine blogging Wednesday :)

Waltzing Bear said...

Great article! When I first made this wine in 2004, it was for my dad "Bud" who loves petite sirah (and zinfandel), who had been teasing me, asking when I was going to finally make something he would enjoy. When we bottled it last fall, he and mom came down to help, not knowing his name was going to be on it. I presented him with the first bottle (a magnum), thinking it would bring him to tears. But instead it was mom that cried and my dad takes a bottle of it with him to most restaurants to show off what his "kid" made for him. I am one lucky son to have the awesome parents I do.

SoulSally said...

I'm so tempted to make the drive to Los Olivos this Saturday. It sounds like this wine was made specifically for me. It might just be the Petit Sirah to end my search for "my favorite Petit Sirah."

Dale Cruse said...

Sounds like you enjoyed Petite Sirah more than I did. http://www.drinksareonme.net

Joe Roberts, CSW said...

Right on - looks like you got a good one.

PS is a diabolical and fickle mistress sometimes...

SB Wine Advocate said...

PS can be challenging, I was really happy to find a good one for WBW. thank you for stopping by Dale and Joe.

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