Twenty-Wine Days of February: Day 29, “Leap Day!”

Is that Leap Day William?

Happy “Leap Day!”  I hope you all wore your yellow and blue!  Although my name hasn’t been all over the “gold digger message boards” lately, I did throw a “Leap Day” party in the middle of the day—albeit a party of one.  This is the magical time every four years when you get an extra day to do things you wouldn’t normally do.  What did I do?  Opened a bottle of wine in the middle of the day to cap off the Twenty-Wine Days of February, of course.  After all, it is an extra day to drink wine!

Now you may think to yourself (or say, if you’re really weird), “Self, Stub has written several times that he opened a bottle of wine in the middle of the day.”  You would be right—except that I’ve never opened a bottle of Petite Sirah on February 29th while waiting for “Leap Day William” to emerge from the sea (the Mariana Trench, to be exact) and trade me candy for children’s tears, all while wearing my most festive yellow and blue duds.  So there!  “Leap Day” burn!  (For the record, “LDW” hasn’t shown up…  Yet.  Let’s get to the wine while I continue to wait…)

2007 Stag’s Leap Winery Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, California

2007 Stag's Leap Winery Petite Sirah

I poured this Petite Sirah through the Vinturi and gave it an hour or so in the decanter (being “Leap Day,” I did sneak a small sip when I opened this wine).

Immediately out of the bottle, the nose on the Stag’s Leap Petite Sirah showed some dark fruits—plum and a slight raisin—along with a lush (who you callin’ a lush?), creamy oak.  An hour or so in, black cherry notes accompanied the plum, oak, and cream.

The palate brought creamy plum notes out of the gate.  Although the body on this wine was a bit thin, the tannins and firm acid were fairly smooth straight out of the bottle.  The medium-long finish left a lingering spice on the palate.  An hour in the decanter did this wine well—black cherry and plum notes emerged brilliantly (like LDW from the sea) from the (even creamier) oak, which lingered through the bigger than expected finish.

I paired the Stag’s Leap Petite Sirah with photo editing, accounting, emailing, and laundry.  I really enjoyed the half bottle or so I took down throughout the afternoon (I made sure to temper my own consumption and not give any away so that The Rib could taste when she gets home; it’s “Leap Day,” and I’m a gentleman after all).  If (read when) I pick up another bottle of this wine, I’ll likely pair it with a nice steak—probably filet mignon.

I actually picked this wine up at the grocery (where it was reduced at the end of the wine aisle) for $25 (hence the classy Sharpie pricing on the label), but it usually retails for $30-$38.  In either case, this wine is worth the price.  Give it a go!

Remember, “Real life is for March,” so if you haven’t yet, go do something you normally wouldn’t on this “Leap Day!”  Just don’t eat too much Benihana and lose that “Leap Day” spirit!

Merry “Leap Day” from the Corkpit,


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