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2010 Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(15.9% alcohol):  Glass-staining purple.  Smoky, deeply pitched scents of candied black and blue fruits, cracked pepper and olive; smells a lot like a wine from the northern Rhone.  Stains the palate with densely packed blueberry and bitter cherry flavors, with a spicy nuance adding lift.  Finishes peppery and very long, with resonating florality and slow-mounting tannins.  This wine was raised in 50% new French oak but I don't detect its influence.

91-93 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

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