The nose shows sweet elderly over fresh-ground espresso. Big dark fruits are on the palate, mulberry, with fresh-ground coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Tannins are big. Drink, with a well-marbled steak. Highly Recommended. DH

WHO: William Gordon Winery
WHAT: Petite Sirah
WHERE: Alexander Valley, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $29

 

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Gary Thomas
Wine Review Editor

Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.