Four Vines Heretic Petite Sirah, Paso Robles. Quite cloudy in appearance, but that isn't really a problem with me when dealing with a wine like this. Uncanny blackberry jam, cream and French roast coffee leap from the glass. Unctuous, gelatinous texture features loads of dark cocoa and blackberry liqueur. Doesn't try to hide the 14.8% alcohol. Massive tannins are balanced by deft acidity. Dry cocoa finish goes on and on. This is an absolutely stellar example of a high octane Petite Sirah. Purchased on sale for $30, regularly $40.
For dinner I pan-seared tournadoes of venison loin in a little bit of olive oil to rare. After removing them from the pan to rest, I added shallots and chopped garlic and let them cook for a minute or two. Then I added some inexpensive red wine (no, I'm not an advocate of cooking with the wine that you're drinking with dinner) and strained the concoction to a clean pan. Then I added a few tablespoons of good blackberry preserves and a touch of heavy cream and let everything reduce to the right consistency. Seasoning adjusted, I finished the sauce by returning the juices from the resting meat.