2005 Earthquake Petite Sirah: Earthy, gentle, excellent.

june 14, 2009: we had this lodi appelation with lamb chops marinated in balsamic vinegar, shallots, chicken stock, dried thyme, dried rosemary and dried basil. the meal by itself was eat-off-the-bone fantastic. try it yourself at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lamb-Chops-with-Balsamic-Reduction/Detail.aspx. but paired with the wine it was even better. greg thought the earthquake was delicious. "geology has scored another ace in the hole," he said. it has a carmel/raisin scent, with an alcohol vapor (it's at 15.5 percent alcohol). the flavor is cherry but not overly sweet, overly tart or acidic. it went very well with the balsamic vinegar lamb chops. he said it's slightly tannic (a 2 on the 1-5 scale, with 5 being so intense that it's undrinkable). victoria thinks the nose is effusively fruity. oddly enough, it reminds her of very ripe peaches. the flavor is earthy ... almost as if it's in the red zin category, without the mustiness that often goes with it. it's also gentle, easy on the mouth and the tongue, as clear and creamy and smooth as a pee wee russell tune playing in the background. $29.99 at friar tuck in st. louis.
NOTE: we had this with homemade mashed red potatoes with milk, sea salt and brittany butter. wonderful.

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