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2009 Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Inky purple.  Deep, seductive aromas of dark berry preserves, mocha, cherry-cola, licorice and violet.  Lush and creamy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and blueberry flavors, big but harmonious tannins and slow-building spiciness.  The blueberry note lingers on the long, gently spicy finish.  This is extremely alluring and seamless for the variety, showing zero rough edges.

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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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