Well, that’s its name, and not too surprising in this world of eclectic labeling. Ruby Trust Winery has put yet more power on our tables. It’s a potent offering that is made from 100% Colorado grapes. Featuring 50% Petite Sirah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah, this is indeed a black (deep purple-red shade) wine, fully extracted, and if you love big, rich, full, and powerful wines, you simply must not pass this wine (or any of their wines) up. I tasted each of these wines (Petite Sirah, Cabernet, and Syrah) before blending in their barrels and was eagerly awaiting their debut in the heavy bottle that is now their appropriate sturdy home.
A perfect complement to Petite Sirah is a good white Cheddar from England. The cheddar is strong enough not to be lost in the match and rich enough to soften the wine so that you are tasting two wines, one straight and another completely different experience with the cheddar. Try it!
Petite Sirah and its old slogan “P. S., I love you” is seeing a revival of interest in California as winemakers are seeking its best expressions. The Horse Thief comes in at 15.4% alcohol with high aromatics, showing blackberry, raspberry and blackcurrant reminders that form a fruity foundation for notes of vanilla, spice, leather, dark chocolate, and earthy tones, creating a very complex nose. All of these play in the shadow of the Petite Sirah’s firm structure. The Cabernet and Syrah only deepen the effect and add their own characteristics for further interest.
This is a wine to sit and watch as the tears/legs fall. They form slowly and the wicking effect on the glass forms repeated displays of these tears, one after another. Fascinating! The wine has a rich mid palate and the flavors follow through to the finish. Tannins from the oak dominate — fine ones that are felt mainly on the checks, while some fruit tannins can be detected on the inside of the lips as well. These tannins will soften more as age takes its effect and the result is a wine to lay down or enjoy now if you must. (I succumbed.)
Emotional rating for those who love a big wine: 98!
You’ll find many great Colorado wines described in “Experiencing Colorado Wine,” and you’ll find the description of the pairing of several of them with a great recipes by great Colorado chefs.
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C. S. Vin, who was trained in French, German and Italian wines, has relied on his background as a state wine retail manager and 30 years as a wine enthusiast to produce a valuable asset to those interested in wine in Colorado. Written in a warm, entertaining and conversational style, Experiencing Colorado Wine — Vol. 1 (SRP $24.95, 5.5 x 8.5, 396 pages, ISBN 978-0-9835718-6-5) is available from “Experiencing Wine” on Square Market.