2008 Shippey Vineyards “Flaming J” Petite Sirah

The nose is dark, mulberry and black pepper. This is just as dark on the palate, with the same mulberries. There a  loads of black pepper on the finish, paired with unsweetened chocolate. It is still young. It’s big tannins are still rough, calling for well-marbled ribeye or five years in the cellar. Recommended (88-90). DH


WHO: Shippey Vineyards

WHAT: Petite Sirah

WHERE: Alexander Valley, California

WHEN: 2008




2007 Shippey Vineyards “Rocking Z” Zinfandel

The nose has sweet blueberry, tart blackberry, and vanilla. The palate opens with blackberry and black pepper, leading to sweet elderberry and vanilla on the mid-palate. Tannins are fine, with acids in balance. Drink outside with a good burger. Recommended (87-89). DH

WHO:  Shippey Vineyards

WHAT: Zinfandel

WHERE: Alexander Valley, California

WHEN: 2007






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