2006 Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah Pepperland Spring Mountain District
Producer: Robert Foley Vineyards Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Petite Sirah Origin:California Region:Napa Appellation: Spring Mountain District
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($60) Saturated ruby. Highly aromatic nose delivers cassis, smoked meat, crushed rock and black pepper. Dense and sweet, combining an almost roasted Chateauneuf du Pape-like character with very good inner-palate energy. The black fruit flavors are perked up by a peppery quality that lifts the wine's aftertaste. Tannins are chewy and substantial. This fruit comes from York Creek Vineyards on Spring Mountain, at an altitude reaching 2,000 feet.
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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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... Read More »
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