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2001 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2004

($45; no new oak used!) Full medium ruby. Black fruits, licorice and menthol on the nose. Big, sweet, round and rich, with compellingly thick, primary flavors of black fruits and fruit cake. Finishes with big, broad, chewy tannins but no rough edges. Very impressive petite sirah, with little overt oakiness to stand in the way of its expressive fruit. These wines are made by Bob Foley.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Petite Sirah

Even though the origins of this grape are in France, California is the place to look for the best expressions of Petite Sirah. The "Petite" in the name refers not to the size of the vines but rather to the size of the grapes. In fact, the high skin to juice ratio that accompanies the small berries allows Petite Sirah to produce wines with high tannins and...
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