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2015 Aaron Paso Robles Petite Sirah

SKU #1373678 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright purple. Smoke-tinged cherry and blueberry compote aromas show excellent clarity, and a mocha element sneaks in as the wine stretches out. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, offering densely packed yet lively red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and a hint of five-spice powder. Shows impressive energy on the broad, chewy finish, which is firmed by building tannins and sharpened by a late jolt of juicy acidity. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The inky colored 2015 Petite Sirah offers classic sweet black and plum fruits as well as some smoky, barbecue notes in its full-bodied, layered, powerful style. With 12% Syrah in the blend and brought up in 55% new barrels, it stays beautifully balanced and is a joy to drink. (JD) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

K&L Notes

On our recent Central Coast trip, we met many producers and tasted wines of various styles, but one man whose wines made a big impression was Aaron Jackson. Jackson has two labels, “Aaron,” and the newer label, “Aequorea.” They represent two very different styles of wine, and with different focuses. While the Aaron label is centered around the more classic red varietals of Westside Paso Robles, Aequorea showcases cool-climate varietals, grown in extreme coastal vineyards. Winemaker's notes: "Opening with rich, vibrant aromatics, it showcases sweet black fruits, cassis syrup, dried blueberry, smoke, and pepper. A floral hint echoes. On the palate, it bursts forth with boysenberry, olallieberry, purple flowers, toasted oak and grated chocolate. Powerful and rich, yet high toned, it finishes with round, soft tannins. The flagship Petite Sirah is always comprised of selected barrels from all our vineyards, each of which bring forth a different element of depth and complexity to the final blend. High elevation, limestone-rich vineyards in the Willow Creek and Adelaida districts bring dense fruit, concentration, and lively acidity. Siliceous and alluvial soils in the Templeton Gap district bring aromatics, savory nuance, and powerful tannins. Syrah rounds of the mid-palate and lends spice to the blend. The final wine is massive and powerfully built, yet retains an amazing elegance."

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2019 | Send Email
One of my favorite experiences in tasting wine, is when I find a wine that is close to the opposite of my personal palate preference, but is so well made that I just can't argue. Here is that wine. I like my reds light and delicate, and Petite Sirah is anything but that. This masterful blend of Petite Sirah from Westside Paso doesn't pretend to be delicate, but still strikes a beautiful symmetry with a great integration of tannin, new oak and bountiful cassis, plum and huckleberry fruit. The trick with this grape is to manage the tannin and keep it in check--Aaron does an excellent job of that and everything else here.

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