Michael David's extensive portfolio includes popular varietals like the sanguine, peppery Sixth Sense Syrah 2010 ($16-ish, 15.5 percent) and a lush, layered Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($21-ish, 14.5 percent), pictured. But the winery clearly harbors a soft spot for oddballs. Petite Petit 2010 ($16-ish, 14.5 percent)-an inky blend of 85 percent petite sirah and 15 percent petit verdot-exudes smoked meat, blackberries, and rose perfume over a palate packed with roasted plum, tar, and fresh pepper. From a vineyard planted in 1885, Ancient Vine Cinsault 2010 ($25-ish, 13.8 percent) delivers raspberry, black cherry, and spice with old-vine elegance and intensity. It's a survivor with a lesson: Sometimes underdogs triumph.