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Back to School and Labor Day Pains (Concannon 2009 Petite Syrah Central Coast)

My son started school (Kindergarten) on August 22, so I’ve been very busy getting him ready for that and dealing with the fact that he is on the traditional Kindergarten schedule; that is, he goes to school for 3 and 1/2 hours per day and the rest of the day I’m scrambling to determine what to do with him (who is going to watch him for the remainder of the day).  In any event, I haven’t had time for writing much in my blog, so here goes.

Tonight I’m drinking a 2009 Concannon Petite Syrah (Central Coast).  I had a New York steak earlier with some veggies and mashed potatoes, so this wine is right at home on my palate with the earlier meal. 

Concannon is a place I used to go to a great deal back in the mid to late 90’s and whenever I drink their petite syrah, I think of chocolate.  During the holidays, the tasting room would sell chocolates filled with their petite syrah and I would always buy a dozen or so boxes for personal gifts or stocking stuffers.

I’ve downloaded DeLong’s form for wine tasting so I don’t have to pull out my tiny traveling wine note guide.

The color of this wine is very dark, purplish ruby, with a surprising wide clear rim. 

There is a low aroma intensity, and the aroma is not powerful.  The scent is dark berries, black cherries perhaps, and is also reminiscent of a root vegetable (rhubarb).

The body is medium and sits nicely on the tongue; there isn’t too much alcohol.

The acid, tannins and balance are all working together and this wine is a good fit for many diverse wine drinkers. 

Despite the fact I had a steak tonight, I usually don’t want to have to use a steak knife for my acommpanying wines, ever.

In conclusin,

Also, there is  arelatively short finish to the wine, so wine drinkers who prefer lighter reds won’t be overwhelmed by this wine.



About Helene Kremer

San Francisco East Bay

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