Lance and Windmill Petite Syrah 2006 Stags Leap District

Jackpot! While the Quixote winery and Trader Joe’s went through the trouble of relabeling Quixote’s Petite Syrah with a Trader Joe’s label, they apparently couldn’t be bothered to put the bottles in an anonymous box since the container says in giant letters “QUIXOTE.” Quixote Petite Syrah sells for $60. Relabeled under the “Lance and Windmill Petite Syrah” label, the same bottle goes for $15.

The ’05 offering garnered 93 points from Wine Spectator, so the story is a little bit of WTF. Was someone out fighting windmills in the Stags Leap District and found liquid gold at a huge discount? Or the winery is still sitting on its stellar ’05 offering.

The 2006 Lance and Windmill offering is brilliantly rich with gobs of blueberry. Dark and inky, it coats the glass. Leather and floral hints on the nose. Well integrated tannins support the fruit, carrying it through for a long finish and preventing the richness from carrying over into a flabby mess. Not picking up too much of the black pepper that I love in PETs , but it is stain your tongue deliciousness.

14.4% ABV
22 months oak treatment

$14.99 @ Trader Joe’s

At this Quality to Price Ratio: 4.5 out of 5 Bellies

“When Don Quixote went out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes. That is the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent history of the novel. The novel teaches us to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude.”–Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera, we forgive you for being beardless, you beautiful bastard.

BBP© 2012

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