2013 Bea’s Knees Petite Sirah, Oberti Vineyard, Suisun Valley, California
Petite Sirah thrives in Suisun Valley, and will probably emerge as its signature varietal. Everything we love about Petite Sirah is abundant in the Oberti Vineyard grapes-rich, densely concentrated flavors, intense color and tannins that are formidable but not forbidding. Our 2013 Bea’s Knees Petite Sirah is richly flavored, with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and dark chocolate-covered cherries, along with hints of baking spices. On the palate it is rich, dense, and long, with firm but not overbearing tannins.
Husband and wife team Matt Reid and Marcy Webb conceived The People’s Wine Revolution to bring great wines to all at reasonable prices. Our goal is to make wines every bit as good as those we made for our day jobs, but at a fraction of the price. PWR is now our full-time pursuit.
Matt completed the UC-Davis Viticulture & Enology M.S. program in 2003. He has been the winemaker at Seavey Vineyard and Quixote Winery, and the Custom Crush Winemaker at Failla Wines. He is currently winemaker for Benessere Vineyards and Consulting Winemaker for Burgess Cellars.
Marcy’s background is public health (epidemiology), but her quick, scientific mind has led to positions at The Napa Wine Company, Franciscan and Chalk Hill. She is the assistant winemaker for Ballentine Vineyards.
@vaaccess Hi there! Yes, I can speak to those issues. The wine matured in neutral French oak barrels for 11 months before bottling. The bottles have a screwtop* finish–I hate TCA! The wine is developing beautifully in bottle. It is still very much growing in complexity and interest and will continue to do so, I believe, for several more years before reaching a plateau.
Although we practiced very gentle cap management in an attempt to tame Petite Sirah’s notoriously formidable tannins, this is still a big wine. It can last a few days after opening without losing much of its intense fruit character.
*I have experience making Petite Sirah for Quixote, all under screwcap. At the time I was there, the oldest wines in bottle were 9 years old. They showed the evolution and development of a wine of that age, with the freshness of a much younger wine. Screwcap and Petite Sirah can play very well together.
@PetiteSirah@trifecta@vaaccess Funny you should mention the Pretense. That was a great wine. I was at Quixote when the owner decided to cancel that project. I called the grower to give them the bad news, but also gave him the good news that I would buy his grapes. From 2012-present our Petite Sirah is made from grapes grown in the same vineyard that the Pretense came from.
Have you had our 2008, @vaaccess? I have a few cases left and it is singing now. (No, it is not for sale!)
But to answer your question these are pretty different animals. The 2013 comes from a Suisun Valley vineyard, while the 2008 was predominantly Amador County, with some El Dorado Zinfandel thrown into the mix. I love both wines, but I’d say the 2013 is more classic Petite Sirah, while the 2008 is a beautiful blend.
@PetiteSirah@PWRWines@vaaccess It was quite the find. IIRC correctly they were $15 instead of Quixote price at $60. Could have been declass juice, but didn’t taste like it. Classy stuff. I bought one to try and then subsequently went hopping around to different TJs in the coming weeks to find remaining bottles. I believe I ended up with over 2 cases, but alas only a couple still remain.
I’m assuming they were shiners that got different labels, but that Q on the screwcap was a dead giveaway. CT link. I just entered them into my CT as Quixote instead of L&W.
@PetiteSirah@rjquillin@vaaccess I think it must have been the same wine. This is the first I heard about a sale to TJ’s, but that screwcap is unmistakable. I guess they had some excess and either soaked off the labels or had some shiners lying around that they repackaged. That 2006 is pretty good, no?
Panza, the second label, was not released in every year, but if memory serves there was a 2006 Panza, so it is possible that the TJ’s wine was Panza, rather than Quixote. Either way, I’m sure it was great, and a steal at $15.
Wondering where everyone’s at and if there are any Rats for this offer?? The description of the wine and the winemaker experience seems great!!
Maybe I’m still “time warp” since I got back after spending a week in Hilton Head with fine friends!! Spent yesterday trying to put things away and catching up with life in OH. I won’t mention the recent snow that’s on the ground here! Darn, I was hoping for a warmer weather reception!
While in HH, I scrambled to have neighbors and family snag the Launch package and hopefully today I can go through everything my son put in the refrigerator and what’s left in the box.
I’ll check back later today hoping to see if there are any Rat Reports or if any Casemates have additional info on this offer.
@Boatman72 Based on some of the notes after your post I think this is worth a shot…even though I DO NOT need any more wine…but what the heck. Split…either between the two of us or w/ some of the rest of the NE OH gang?
I can tell you love Petite Sirah, @PetiteSirah. I, too, am no fan of communism. It’s funny, but people seem to see what they want to see–or don’t want to see–in our label. I got a response similar to yours in Orange County once, but a number of Libertarians love our label–and our wines.
Our label is a riff on Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (q.v.), which depicts the restoration–albeit brief–of democracy to France. Nothing commie about it!
All that said, however, we cannot ship to Illinois.
It’s unusually quite. I wouldn’t mind trying a bottle or two here in Sin City. I have to see if me other two mates want in. It’s going to be tough though due to lack of notes.
However, I for one not really about the twist tops, find @PWRWines take on the screwcaps OTR with petite sirahs interesting… in a positive way.
No detailed notes from the Launch Party. If you were there, you know why… So much good juice and tasty snacks around it was difficult to have a free hand to take time to write notes. I did sample this and I remember there being hefty fruit up front and a grippy finish with medium + tannin. I didn’t get a ton of fruit on the nose or much on the mid palate.
At this price you probably can’t go wrong if you like bigger bodied red wines. My cellar is too full at this point and with over 100 PETS already in the cellar, I’m a little pickier these days.
I tried this at the party. Didn’t really get many notes - it was very hard to find the motivation to free up a hand to write anything down while faced with so many wines to try and so many tasty nibbles going around. My notes, as they were, said this: “pleasant. very mellow.” And my father, who is my wine guru, was so busy eating those little tuna & wasabi tacos he mostly limited himself to commenting that a Petite Sirah like it would go fantastically in a blend with some zin we’re making.
Got to try this at the Casemates launch party! I would say don’t be fooled by the casual labeling and screw top (if you care about those things). It was a fantastic PS! I wish I took some notes down with the paper they had right there.
It was very smooth-- velvety mouth-feel and balanced. Medium fruit, low tannins. I don’t usually do a case, but I think I’m going to spring for it this time.
It was one of the first ones I tried. (So don’t worry there wasn’t any wine vision.) It was also one of the ones that went the fastest among many dozens of bottles of wine!
@trifecta Any winery can ship to PA if they get licensed as a direct wine shipper. When Casemates launched, PA was among the states they would ship to. I don’t see how it is unhelpful to indicate that PA folks would like to buy wine - more pressure to get the licensing in order.
@liquidbluenight I don’t think your pressuring the winery to get itself licensed in PA will necessarily affect its decision whether it’s worth the $$ and effort involved in doing so (compared to the sales they might realize if they went through with it). That said, I’m sure your interest in potentially buying their wine doesn’t go unnoticed.
@liquidbluenight Understood. Getting a license isn’t free or without effort. The juice has to be worth the squeeze as @InFrom is stating above. Soudns like PA is rarely worth the squeeze. However, cluttering the thread on a specific wine/offer with a specific complaint for casemates about not shipping wine to PA is completely unhelpful for the topic of the thread. It would be helpful if you were asking the winery if they could potentially ship to you directly (not through WineCountryConnect). There are other ways to communicate your dissatisfaction with the % of offers that will ship to PA (direct email, separate thread, etc…). My first post suggesting to move was more of a joke.
@trifecta You seem to have invested an awful lot of time and effort in responding to a comment you deem unhelpful “clutter.” I don’t recall anything in the fine print indicating that ALL FORUM COMMENTS must be HELPFUL and NOT CLUTTER. Have a fantastic night.
I’m in the same boat as other launch party attendees. So many tasty options to choose from. I never got a chance to try this one but like what I’m seeing so far. Will likely jump in on blind faith alone. Curses.
@lowlypeon Sirah, Syrah, and Shiraz are all the same grape, just grown in different regions. However Petite Sirah is a different variety- a cross between Syrah and another grape.
In my experience PS tends be less black peppery but even more full bodied and with more tannins than a Syrah.
I’d say at this kinda price point, not sure how wrong you can go. [At least for another few months, by which point you will have enough stacked boxes of wine that it will take you many years to go through it ]
@PWRWines For several years, we lived on a ranch just a few miles from where these grapes were grown, so I had to make a purchase for sentimental reasons. Can you tell me if the wine’s origins are spelled out on the label? I want to plan a surprise for my spouse when it arrives and it would help to know if I can be subtle or have to be prepared with background info.
Lucky you, @gio ! What a beautiful spot. So bucolic, yet so close to the bustle of Fairfield. The back label reads OBERTI VINEYARD SUISUN VALLEY. I hope that will suffice! The vineyard itself is at the corner of Morrison Lane and Suisun Valley Road. It is farmed by Gary Mangels, who also has Mangels Family Vineyards farther down Morrison Lane. Happy to tell you more if you like.
@PWRWines Thanks for the confirmation that Suisun Valley is mentioned on the label! Now I can be subtle and wait to see how long it takes to be noticed.
The area has changed a lot since we were there in the late 80’s, but it’s nice to see that some agriculture has survived. Last fall we watched the news reports about the Green Valley fire evacuations with bated breath, so it’s nice to see the familiar hills and hear your enthusiasm about the vineyards.
Have fun, @gio. I’m sure there have been a lot of changes since the '80s. Many recent changes in Suisun Valley, too, with both the Wagners (Caymus) and Gallo moving in. But those changes have not yet had an impact on the feel of the lovely, tranquil valley.
@bluebeatpete@MSUMike I hit the magical button yesterday. I may be convinced to part with a bottle or 2, though I can’t speak for Pete. It would be $10.81/bottle picked up from me in Grand Prairie. (I live in Keller but work in GP so I figure that’s pretty central for DF Dubya.)