Kempton Clark Petite Syrah 2001 (NW)
Raspberry and baked bread on the nose
Juicy palate with a fruity and peppery quality
Very strong tannins at first, then tapering
Finding inexpensive Petite Syrah is a real treat (especially when it tastes good). This wine surprised and pleased the group. It has nice juicy fruit and a little pepper which reminded me of Malbec. Overall, it seems to be a well-made wine and is priced well, too. We paid $8 for the bottle.
I recommend looking for Petite Syrah when you want something a little different. I'm not an expert on this varietal, but have had quite a few lately that have all been enjoyable. In wine stores, you might have to search for it a little bit and it's often in a category like "other reds". Of course, you could just ask and most shop attendants would be happy to point you in the right direction. If you find a bargain, grab a few and raise a glass!