Castle Rock Russian River Valley 2007 Petite Sirah, $10.99, 83 points, trends from its black core to a Bordeaux red color with yet a clear rim (identical to the red truck Petite Sirah), though the odor begins quite differently with light sweet yellow mustard (a first for me in any wine), sweet cooking spice and a touch of cedar.
Tasting quite differently as well, sharply acidic and tannic, tart to almost sour cherry masks most other flavors, and trails long into the finish. Inspecting the cork revealed no flaw, and the flavor seemed okay, but a flaw in this wine is not without question.
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