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2008 Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010

($40) Glass-staining purple. Enticing aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, tobacco, licorice and fresh herbs. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with an exotic candied fruit quality giving this seriously concentrated wine compelling sex appeal. Finishes broad, juicy and sweet, with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent length. Plenty rich but there's no way that I'd have guessed that this was carrying 15.2% alcohol. (JR)

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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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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