One would think that three sips of any wine would be enough time to render a personal assessment of either “Hey, I like this!” -Or- “Nope, this wine’s not my cup of tea!” However, as with most things in life, it’s not always good to rush to judgment.
I was given the opportunity to sample the newly released 2007 Concannon “Conservancy” Petite Sirah, and by the third sip of this Petite Sirah I thought that my mind was made up. I was leaning more in the direction of “Nope…” My reasoning was pretty simple – it didn’t Wow my taste buds. It seemed a bit soft, unconvincing, and way too short on the finish. I personally thought that this “stand alone” juice was better suited in a blended wine and not bold enough to stand on its own two feet. So I stuck the cork back in it and moved onto another wine that evening.
Two nights went by and as I was getting ready to make dinner, I spotted the bottle of Concannon Petite Sirah on my kitchen counter. As I glanced at the label, I noticed that it read:
“Pairs as well with barbequed chicken as your favorite lamb recipe.”
MMM…lamb! Ok, so I didn’t have any lamb in the house, but I did have chicken and decided to fire up the grill. While grilling up dinner, I thought…maybe this wine just needs some food to go with it.
Guess what? Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
On this night, the 2007 Concannon “Conservancy” Petite Sirah was expressing big black cherry flavors and nice spice that I didn’t pick up on night #1. Yup…the folks at Concannon know their Petite Sirah. I only wished that I’d taken notice of this nice little tip on the first night. The third night, along with a little extra breathing time, and some barbecue chicken proved to me that it was much better than “just ok.” I just needed to follow the directions provided on the back label!
3 Stars out of 4.
(SRP $15 US)