Wooden Nickel Petite Sirah 2006 Wine Review

October 20, 2010

Wooden Nickel Petite SirahFirst off, awesome name. Clap-clap, Wooden Nickel Wines. Well done. We enjoyed a taste of this Petite Sirah at The Ojai Beverage Company in Ojai, CA while traveling along the Ventura Wine Trail, something everyone who lives in Southern California should check out. Lots of hidden gems there.


Not as dark as it should be. Petite Sirahs are known for their inky depths but I could see my fingers through this one.


Very floral with bubblegum. Some good dark blackberry and cassis.


Grape candy flavors and more bubblegum. It tastes a bit fake, as though it were dressed up. I get the sense that something is being masked. Some nice dark plum and blackberry again, but I can taste a bit too much oak, which I guess is what’s giving it the fake aspects. Weak tannins don’t help much either. The finish is pretty much non-existent. The wine just disappears.

With Food

While the dark fruit and candy flavors stand up at the beginning, the wine loses it pretty quickly, making it difficult to pair, so I would say stick with simple barbecued chicken. No red meat or red sauce. If anything, save this for the end of the evening when you’ve finished eating.

Where to Buy

$15.99 at TheWineCountry.com!

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  • Brian Haahr-Nielsen October 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Sounds like the wine should be in a lower price class. What do you see ad the ideal price for this wine?

  • Wine Welfare November 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Brian, thanks for commenting! Apologies for not responding sooner, but I’ve been away on vacation in Italy for the past couple of weeks.

    To answer your question, I was thinking back to when I tasted this wine and I have to say that the thing that really stuck with me was still the sweetness and candy flavors of it (like I mentioned in the review). This makes me agree with your suggestion that it belongs in a lower price point. $15.99 is rather pricey for something this straight-up sweet and with little complexity. I’d rather see it around $10.99 because, while it wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. I’ve had better Petite Sirahs in much lower price points, like the Bogle Petite Sirah (review here), which is definitely worth checking out.

    What do you think?

    Hope you keep reading!



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