Saturday, July 19, 2008

2005 Chalk Creek Petite Sirah

Gas is over $4.55 a gallon, the value of real estate is plummeting, the toll is rising above $5 for the Golden Gate Bridge, people are losing jobs left and right and so for many people.... the economy sucks!

I have a good secure job with a bright future ahead of me but the price of gas is killing me. So, lately I‘ve been hunting around to get the best bang for my buck in wine without resorting to drinking Charles Shaw’s “Two Buck Chuck.”

Summer is the time for barbecues which (for me) means drinking cool white wines such as Pinot Grigio, Viognier and an occasional Chardonnay. When it comes to reds, it means lots of barbecues with either an Old Vine Zinfandel or a Petite Sirah.

A friend of mine introduced me to the 2005 Chalk Creek Petite Sirah. It is a total fruit bomb! It is very jammy, with not much complexity, has lots of blackberry, minute traces of pepper, and it reminds me of what I use to slather on white bread with peanut butter.

It isn’t a sophisticated Petite Sirah that will win any awards. But for $4 at Trader Joes, it ain’t bad!