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Catherine Bugue

If you are not yet a petite sirah fan, this is a wine that will have you signing up for events and activities with the enthusiastic P.S. I Love You group (psiloveyou.org). “Dark and Delicious” is their motto, and this wine ($65) has sumptuous dark red cherry fruit on its silky smooth palate with a mix of complex spices and noticeable, yet fine, tannins.

There is nothing sweet here (no sweet spices, sweet-candied fruit) except the sweet satisfaction of enjoying a great petite sirah wine.

The Madrigals have been farming in the Napa Valley since the 1930s, and Chris Madrigal runs the show today. The consulting winemaker is Ed Sbragia. Petite Sirah is the first wine the family made.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please bring it to the St. Helena Star office, 1200 Main St., Suite C during regular business hours. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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