Cycles Gladiator Petite Sirah 2018
This is a particularly dark, brooding wine with aromatics of boysenberry and blueberry tied together with sweet cedar and vanilla notes from the new oak. Plum, blackberry, and other black fruit flavors up front. The tannins are pretty immense but the depth of lush fruit on the midpalate mitigate any perception of astringency. The result is a mouth filling expression of dark fruits that wrap around the tongue and coat the whole mouth. This is a wine that will stain your soul.
The typical food pairing default would be a beef or pork tenderloin and that would be correct. But also consider trying it with a cave-aged gruyere or other crystallized cheese. And of course, no Petite Sirah tasting notes would be complete unless there is some mention of pairing this wine with a hamburger. With mushrooms. And cheese. And bacon. Yes, lots and lots of bacon. Mmmm…bacon.