It’s a telltale sign that shows up whenever we have a glass of petite sirah — the dark purple stain on our tongue, a temporary tattoo we’re proud to display.

This big wine continues to enjoy a comeback from its low point in the mid-1990s, when only about 1,750 acres were planted in California, compared to about 10,000 acres today.

This Lodi offering from Oak Ridge Winery is big but balanced with prominent berry flavors and tamed tannins. Would pair perfectly with a hearty beef stew.

Sherry: “Dark and inky with a medium body; raspberry and black cherry flavors.” (3.25 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A nose of cocoa and raspberry with flavors of raspberry and blackberry with very smooth tannins.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Available from $11 to $14.

Coming next week: Mazzei Badiola Toscana