Friday, July 22, 2011

2007 Kent Rasmussen "Esoterica" Petite Sirah

Oh, my lord what a beast the 2007 Kent Rasmussen Esoterica Chavez-Leeds Vineyard Petite Sirah, Rutherford is! Impenetrable color is solid right out to the rim. The nose is a brooding stew of blackberry, brier, black pepper and unsweetened baker's chocolate. More of those rustic, dry cocoa powder flavors turn up on the palate with searing acidity and huge, drying, dusty (this is from Rutherford, after all) tannins. There's certainly plenty of tannin and acid in here to last a decade or longer in the cellar, but I don't think there will be much, if any fruit left at such time. So I suggest drinking this now with some assertive food like tonight's grilled burgers with home made pesto and a side of garden-fresh tomatoes (Eldorado and Beefsteak) dressed with balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. Definitely worth $35

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