2007 Artezin Mendocino County Petite Sirah

Artezin Mendocino County Petite Sirah

The Artezin Mendocino County Petite Sirah is 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


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Isabella S. October 14, 2011 at 6:02 AM - Reply

    This sounds like an interesting Petite sirah. I’ll give it a try.

    • enobytes October 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM - Reply

      Isabella, its definitely worth finding!

  2. Criag Kramer October 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    I think I’ve had this wine before. It is really good!

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