I went bargain hunting and found a nice one. Concannon can surprise me once in a while with a good wine at a bargain price. The 2010 Crimson and Clover caught my eye as it was in a discount cart for $8.00! For half the regular retail price, I bought both of the bottles in the cart.
Tasting it, I get the petit sirah right away. Any tight tannin has faded into soft, silky goodness. It’s a full-bodied deep red that will stand up to any big meat selection. It does just fine on its own as well. Some nice acidity and mild, soft tannin remains. This is somewhat unusual for lower-cost wines. I do recommend drinking it now, but one could shelf this another year or two, however.
T-Scale – 89 points. Hard to beat this wine for my price of $8!!! Full retail is about $15, which still makes this wine a great deal. I suspect other vintages will follow suit. Pick one or ten up today.
Note to readers:
As I’m an advocate for all things that keep the juice flowing (land ownership, sustainability, shipping, etc.) I was pleased to hear that any of the Concannon Conservancy wines come from land in a trust that aims to keep vineyard properties from being developed into housing, business interests, etc. Let’s help keep the vineyards in the Livermore Valley growing grapes dedicated to our cause, growing grapes.
Quote from Concannon:
“Our Conservancy wines help protect precious California
vineyard land from urban development, as all Conservancy
winegrowers have placed their land into a legal trust that
protects against development forever. e Conservancy wines
preserve not only the land but a simpler way of life for future
Tech notes from Concannon:
Blend: 50% Petite Sirah,
25% Cabernet Sauvignon,
15% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel
Appellation: Livermore Valley
Case Production: 10,000
Aging: French and American oak
barrels for 18 mo.
Titratable Acidity: 0.66g/100ml
Release Date: Fall 2011
Suggested Retail: $15.00