A really good Petite Sirah made by the legendary Petite Sirah wizard of Mt. Veeder Randle Johnson, Artezin is one of the wineries in the Hess Collection group. Randle splits his time between Artezin and consulting at Colume, another Hess property in Salta, Argentina.
Depth of aroma is reminiscent of the fruit that used to come from the McDowell property in Mendocino. Integrity in a bottle would be another good way to describe this wine. Big but not brooding this wine has plenty of flavors and enough acid in the backbone to make it a culinary star. The balanced flavors are very easy to pair with a broad assortment of creations. Almost any grilled, braised or sautéed meat, fish, fowl, even Portobello or grilled tofu would work well with this wine and especially smoked BBQ. This one will not do well with citrusy flavors or delicate white fish. This is straight forward Petite Sirah from mature vines, offering a nostalgic aspect that often does not appear in today’s Petite Sirah.
Rating: Very Good (89) | $39 | 13.8% ABV