If you're a fan of lean, delicate, subtle wines whose color isn't intimidating, or if you swoon over old vintages of Cote-Rotie, then you may not want to read on (unless of course you're open to guilty pleasures). Today's offer is a gooey, tooth-staining, dense wine that should probably not be imbibed while wearing a white shirt, and may give your dentist some anxiety. This Petite Sirah from Lodi was on Murphy's by-the-glass list when I started here last year, and was a crowd and staff favorite until we poured through our allocation. And this new vintage is showing really well!
Mettler Petite Sirah Lodi California 2009
Bottle Price: $22.99/bottle
*Case Price: $19.65/bottle!! *
92% Petite Sirah
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
18 Months French Oak
1047 Cases Made
The Mettler family has been farming Lodi California since the late 1800s. The warm, Mediterranean-like climate of Lodi allows Petite Sirah to flourish, and yield wines of intensity and great extraction.
The campiest description I have for the '09 Mettler Petite Sirah is to say it's like a Blueberry bacon-cheeseburger in a glass - pickles, onions, and all. Maybe even some BBQ sauce with your fries! It's been a LONG time since I've had one, but my olfactory memory produced distinct images of a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with cheese somewhere behind the fruit! The 18 months in French oak adds a toasty, caramel, chocolate note to the dense, gooey fruit, and bacony appeal. This wine is not shy. It's simply fat & delicious for fans of the style. That being said, it's balanced in itself, like a huge, seemingly overweight defensive lineman that still manages to be faster than you were in high-school. There's a lot to like about this wine. Buying now will reward you when the temperature drops, and the cool autumnal air calls for wines of this character.
Only a limited allocation came to Georgia this year, so please reply now to save yours before they're gone. First drop arrives Friday.
For something on the lighter side, here is our offer from last week: The Four Graces Pinot Noir 2010.
Cheers, and thanks for being a friend of Murphy’s!