2008 Stanton Petit Sirah. This is seriously one of my favorite wines. I was introduced to it a few months ago at Yn, a wine bar in Charlotte, and it's always my first choice whenever I can find it.
Winemaker Dave Phinney, whose label Orin Swift produces well-loved wines like The Prisoner, has again shown off his ability to create absolutely perfect balance of dark, juicy fruit, tannin and the right amount of acidic "bite". It's just a pleasure to drink.
You can get a bottle of this goodness at Yn for about $60. If you want to take one home, I've seen it at Petit Phillipe, for less, which makes me think it's available elsewhere too. Or you can order it directly from www.stantonvineyards.com for $45, shipping extra.
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