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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She is the lead taster for Australia and New Zealand wines and California Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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A Red and a Slice

Vinum Petite Sirah Clarksburg PETS 2007

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: October 28, 2009

Once a month, a group of my girlfriends get together for dinner, wine and catching up. This time around, it was over a big pizza, and we had a big wine to match.

A lot of people look to hearty reds when it comes to pizza: Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Barbera, for example. I chose the Vinum Petite Sirah Clarksburg PETS 2007 ($14). Petite Sirahs have a reputation as chewy, brawny and tannic monsters. But not all are like that; I’ve had previous vintages of the Vinum PETS and have liked its spicy, juicy style and the balance of big, ripe fruit flavors with smooth tannins. The 2007 was terrific with the slice (OK, two) of pepperoni I had. I rated it 87 points, non-blind.

Petite Sirah goes by many names. In addition to its true identity as the French grape Durif, I’ve heard it referred to it as “Petty Sarah” and “Pets,” which is where this wine gets its name. In a nod to this alias, a portion of the sales of the Vinum PETS goes to an animal shelter fund.

WineSpectator.com members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated California Petite Sirahs.

Jeff Ames
Napa, ca —  October 29, 2009 10:44am ET
Ok, where did the pizza come from? I am a New York pizza fan (over on trancas).

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