90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($32; includes 5% viognier) Opaque purple. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, violet and smoky Indian spices, with a mounting vanilla quality. Lush and sappy on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering powerful dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and good spine. The sweet finish features very good smoky persistence. This is more polished than most petite sirahs.
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...
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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