Dark & Delicious 2013 brings the tasty

March 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Two Fridays ago we had the fortunate opportunity, courtesy of Petite Sirah I Love You (FB, Tw, WL), to attend their annual gala: the Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2013 tasting event at Rock Wall Wine Company.  This event, now in its 7th year, is the premiere tasting event for Petite Sirah each year.  Filling the Alameda warehouse of Rock Wall to a comfortable capacity, 50+ vintners of the fine dark grape are mixed with 30+ boutique food vendors, making for an extremely fun, chill, and tasty evening!

Petite Sirah is a grape variety and wine varietal of which I’m quite fond.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some balance in my wines, but sometimes you just need a big ass wine to take you through the night…and Petite Sirah will be that wine.  Add in 6+ years of good aging and well, you’ve got a thing of beauty: big but finer tannin, leather, earth, loam, spice, black pepper, deep/dark/ripe black/blue/red fruit, and juicy acidity all mean that you’ve got an incredibly big, beautiful, and balanced wine in your glass.

D&D teaches you all of this during the 3 hours of delicious Pets +, in this case, pork.  D&D is known for its chill and unpretentious vibe, along with its fantastic and plentiful small bites. The National Pork Board sponsored this year’s event, meaning that the 30+ chefs, restaurants, and caterers all tossed together some incredibly savory and tasty bites of food, all of which paired brilliantly with the deepness of plethora of Petite Sirah being poured.  I’ll leave the foodie recap to my lady, Beth Fontaine, of Rollerskating With Scissors. The wines listed below are my favs from that tasty night, listed alphabetically (PSILYDD13), and with a couple even gathering some WKBadges.  Look for them near you, and enjoy their boldness!

Favorite wines from Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2013 (PSILYDD13):

Carica Sonoma County Kick Ranch Petite Sirah 2008

Carica Sonoma County Kick Ranch Petite Sirah 2009

F. Teldeschi Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah 2000

 F. Teldeschi Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah 2001

Color: Darker violet with brick garnet lowlights.

Nose: An extremely good, earthier nose, with ripe and still bright black and red fruit, with blue poking through as well, along with dry herbal notes, integrated toast and meaty leather.

Palate: Also very good and similar to the nose, with its deep and dark, earthy and ripe black and blue fruit. Great coating and softening tannin, with perfect balancing acidity. A fantastic and balanced wine, with tons of life left: AwesomeWK.

F. Teldeschi Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah 2002

Gustafson Family Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Dry Creek Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah 2007

Gustafson Family Vineyards Dry Creek Valley East Ridge Block Petite Sirah 2009

 Tres Sabores Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2010

Color: Dark, opaque purple core, dark violet edges.

Nose: Slightly closed at this young age, but still showing signs of deep depths of earthy, cool and ripe black and blue fruit, earthy toast, and good violet florals with some savory herbal components. Very good.

Palate: Young here, but very good feel already, full, yet balanced dark black fruit with some earth and medium toast, good Balanced tannin and acidity. Can’t wait to try this in 3-4 years: KeeperWK.


Ward Kadel - @drXeNo is the founder of Vinopanion wine blog, the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB). He will try any and all wines and tends to write about the parts of his life that include wine...like virtually all of it! He and his wife grew up in Napa and Sonoma and they still live in the Napa Valley. View Ward's WineLog and check out the wines he's recommended with his WKBadges. Follow him on Twitter and Like Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: "Ward at WineLog.net". Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative.

4 Responses to “Dark & Delicious 2013 brings the tasty”

  1. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks for the recap, and happy you had a great time.

    “D&D is known for its chill and unpretentious vibe, along with its fantastic and plentiful small bites. ” ~ Love it!

  2. Ripple says:

    Jealous, Petite Sirah/Syrah is a favorite, would have loved to try the ’01/’02 Teldeschi’s. On Sat. I brought a ’04 Turley Hayne Petite & a ’10 Turley White Coat for a friends going away party. I agree sometimes “Big Ass” is good 🙂

    • Hey Anthony! Yes, the F. Teldeschi’s were a real treat and one of the few producers pouring back vintages. Tremendous wines… Christopher Creek also makes some super age-worthy Pets. Cheers, buddy!

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