Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Petite Sirah
Lots of dark fruit notes but hard to pin just one. They are almost blended so well as to not let any fruit dominate the nose. Probably not the most flattering thing I could write, but this PS is a “middle of the roader.” Not for the timid palate but don’t expect the bold palate to be wildly impressed either. It is a bit of an irony. It smells big and looks “inky” big but the experience is tame and modest. This has to be by design. All of the pieces are exactly where they are supposed to be. Great balance. The tannin structure is driven. Look for a long finish which will definitely feel like an invitation for more. I enjoyed the ride. The price point did make me cringe a bit.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “Concentrated aromas of inky dark fruit hint at the rich flavors that follow. Although the wine needs time to open and reveal its true essence, it is worth the wait. The smooth, opulent texture offers a seamless blend of plum, blackberry, mocha and vanillin oak. Polished tannins and toasty oak frame the lush flavors and provide the structure for bottle aging, if you have the willpower to wait.”