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2008 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(16.5% alcohol; just 10% new oak):  Inky dark ruby to the rim.  Superripe aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice.  Huge, sweet and utterly primary, with a port-like grapey quality to the crushed black cherry flavor.  The wine's thick, powerful fruit is supported by strong but surprisingly fine-grained tannins.  Ultimately more harmonious and approachable than the chewier, more tannic 2007 but I'd still give this a decade in the cellar for the tannins to be absorbed.  For all its thickness, this does not come across as overly sweet.

89 Points | Wine Spectator
95+ 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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