I should have kept this wine for Super Bowl Sunday, as it is aptly named for what the San Fransisco 49ER's are going to lay on the Baltimore Ravens. Sorry Ray and the gang, but the Smith boys will dominate.
Don Sebastiani & Sons in Napa, CA with grapes from the Wilson Vineyards-Clarksburg, CA - The Crusher Peitie Sirah 2011($13) is a blend of 76% Petite Sirah, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tinta Cao, 2% Souza and 2% Touriga Nacional.
Lots of tart blackberries on the nose, a lot like a bag full of tart blackberry flavored gummie bears with some black cherry and a little vanilla. The tart berry flavors in the mouth were joined by a little pepper and a little caramel flavored espresso. A full bodied wine, rich in tannins and lingered for a long time on the finish.
Paired very nicely with some dark chocolate wafers I just picked up for nibbling at night. This wine will pair nicely with grilled meats, savory pastas like
butternut squash raviolis with a brown butter sage sauce, or even bites of dark
chocolate. Very Highly Recommended