line 39Aromas of blueberry pie, damp leaves sprinkled with dust and pencil lead, and hints of meat give a voluptuous first impression with dark chocolate emerging on the palate.

For Petite Sirah this is remarkably smooth and luscious, a very unusual expression of this varietal. Velvet and medium weight are not traditional descriptors for Petite Sirah but they fit here, and the persistent, drying tannins on the medium length finish are never grippy. The wine is very linear and does not have the structure that fans of Petite Sirah expect. But if you enjoy supermarket-style Merlot and you’re looking for a change this will ring your bell. Great QPR and a wine so rich, comforting and polished you’ll want to curl up in front of a fireplace with an R&B ballad like Aaliyah’s At Your Best.

Score: 88

Price: $11

Alc: 13.5%