The 2019 vintage was excellent year for Petite Sirah because of the long and relatively cool ripening season with uniformed berry size and no significant shriveling. The wine is impressive with very dark, opaque color, beautiful nose of concentrated blue berries and blackberries that leads to a full body mouth feel with engagingly soft (for Petite Sirah) tannins. After short aeration, the nose opens with the addition of cocoa, slight earthiness followed by brown sugar and a touch of vanilla-contribution of the new oak barrels. Overall, the aromas are of fresh dark fruit and very attractive. Longevity, if stored properly, is one of the virtues of this variety and it will give you the most enjoyment in 5-8 years. Cheers!
Including 12% each of Zinfandel and Syrah, the 2019 Petite Sirah Estate La Storia has lots of classic, ripe, powerful Petite Sirah fruit yet brings a Zinfandel-like spice, brambly herbs, and cigar character. It's nicely textured, balanced, and one solid effort to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years.