2006 Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah: Wonderful nose, but acidic
aug. 29, 2010: we invited emilie over for a dinner that turned out very well. victoria made homemade guacamole via http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe/index.html and figs with english stilton blue cheese (with some figs without the cheese just for emilie). we had purchased a rotisserie bar to add to our grill, and greg seasoned a whole chicken with his own seasoning mix and left it on the rotisserie for 1.5 hours. we also boiled some tiny new potatoes in salt water. we got the new potatoes and the figs from the asian market on north green river.
we paired everything with this lake county californian petite sirah. the nose was very aromatic, evoking cherries and blackberries. but the texture had turned acidic. this 2006 probably just didn't hold up, since when we last had this wine, it was smooth and gentle. unknown price. big red liquors. 13.5 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.