This wine ended up buried in a bin of oldies in my cellar. But I expected Markham's Petite Sirah would hold up and had set it aside years ago to taste it aged. I was happy to rediscover it the other night when I was looking for a wine to go with pasta Bolognese. Drinking nicely now, this wine is Barolo-like with its tar, green and black olive, spice and dried herb notes, ending with firm tannins that give the flavors traction. I gave it 83 points, non-blind.
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