94 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 470 Petite Sirah (Oakville); $19, 14.9%. And while we’re on the subject of Cabs that might be Petite Sirah, here’s a strong, young Petite Sirah that might be a Cab! It’s black in color, except around the edge, where it glows garnet. The aromas and flavors are thick with blackberries, black currants, blueberries and dark chocolate, wrapped into firm, authoritative tannins, and finished with significant new oak. There’s also a meatiness, like the salted, charred fat on a steak. This is a big, big wine, entirely dry, but sweet in fruit. Cameron calls it “bombastic”; not a bad word. It’s Petite Sirah, Napa-style. In fact, Oakville-style, which is to say, classy and sophisticated. This is by far the greatest value in Petite Sirah I’ve ever seen. Get as much as you can; it is not only fantastic now, it will develop in the bottle for many years.
Thick and brooding…like squid ink in the glass. Already complex with a soaring nose of blueberry, black pepper, blackberry jam, toasty hazelnut, and chocolate covered espresso beans. Dense, meaty, lush, and tooth-staining on the palate, with lavishly structured layers of cassis, blackberry jam, mocha, and perfectly ripe tannins. This is a full-bodied, bombastic wine that is bound to be a huge hit at wine tastings and dinner parties alike – it’ll go perfectly hand in hand with rich fatty foods like burgers, roasted meats, and anything else with oversized flavors that can match its own.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blueberry, Plum, Spice