Sunday, August 2, 2009

2005 Guglielmo Petite Sirah, Santa Clara Valley

Guglielmo is a third generation family winery located in Morgan Hill. Emilio Guglielmo planted this Petite Sirah immediately after prohibition. The winery began by making private label wines for restaurants and finally launched their own label in the late 1960s.

This opens up with a nose of fragrant oak and a little violets. On the palate there's plenty of tannin and acidity, with notes of black coffee, toast and pepper, but not much in the way of fruit. The alcohol is kept nicely in check at 12.8% and at $18 it's not all that expensive. 86