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2008 Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010

($36) Inky purple. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice and smoky herbs on the nose. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with good depth to its dark fruit flavors and a touch of licorice coming up with air. Broad and weighty but also fine and detailed. Hints at serious ripeness, but also possesses good energy. This is a surprisingly lithe rendition of this variety, which leaves me cold more often than not. These grapes were harvested very late, on October 22, according to Officer.

91-94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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