Petite Sirah

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1993

Shay A

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

This is one of those bottles that you may never see again and because of that, expectations are crazy high...thankfully, this delivered. When I had the opportunity to purchase one of these (provenance perfect, as the purchaser acquired directly from Dunn), I was very intrigued. My understanding is this wine was made during ‘92, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95.

Upon opening, I was shocked (though I shouldn’t of been) that it seemed to need a lot of air. Undoubtedly purple core in the glass, with a fading rim. It leapt from the glass revealing a very floral profile of potpourri, violets and sage, along with cassis, underripe blackberries and cedar. On the palate, the tannins have integrated smoothly and acidity keeps it afloat with an energetic vibe. There are notes of leather, herbs, plum, crunchy black cranberries with a finish showing cracked black pepper, dusty graphite, iron and a touch of dark cocoa. Continuously evolved over two hours. If I was served this blind, there is no way I could even consider this was Petite Sirah. Maybe a late ‘80s right bank cab franc blend would be my guess, or an older Barolo from a top producer. A truly magical profile and experience, one I hope to be fortunate to be a part of again!
— 17 days ago

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Sharon Weeks

Reserve Cattoo Petite Sirah 2018

Evening drinks during online meeting. Pleasant. Not heavy but nice and thick. Will have again — 8 days ago

Orin Swift

Abstract California Grenache Blend 2017

The 2017 Orin Swift ‘Abstract’ Red Wine is another fantastic bottling from this storied Napa producer. A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah, this was aged for eight months in a combination of French and American Oak (27% new) The ‘Abstract’ leads with graphite and mocha with tar and black olive tapenade aromas that impress in the glass. The classy texture impresses here on the palate as the wine yields a really good combination of poise and weight. Layers of cassis, creosote and wild blackberry cobbler flavors meld with the milk chocolate untones towards the back end . Enjoy this impressive, hedonistic wine over the next seven plus years. Drink 2019-2027- 93 — 21 days ago

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York Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah 2014

Deep Ruby with dark purple edges, with pronounced aromas of black and red fruits with blossom notes and meaty spice. On the palate blackberry and black plum flavors with notes of lavender, licorice and earthy tobacco. Vivid acidity with big firm tannins, well integrated and made to age, long finish ending with weighty fruit and spice character. Very Nice! — 7 days ago

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The Crane Assembly

Disciples Old Vine Zinfandel Petite Sirah

It’s been quite a few weeks since my last wine post, but we are in the midst of WSET coursework so we’re back! Oh, how I wish this beautiful bottle was part of the tasting homework.. — 17 days ago

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Robert Biale Vineyards

Thomann Station Petite Sirah 2002

Amazing how it aged! It’s like aged candy! — 14 days ago

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Sea Horse Winery

Take Two Zinfandel Petite Sirah 2018

Barrel tasting of 2018 vintage; deep ruby with magenta hues; medium plus intensity aromas of ripe black fruit, blackberry, black plum, plum jam, dried blackberry, intense vanilla; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, a very intensely flavored and concentrated wine, balanced structure; this winery loves to make BIG wines — 13 days ago

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Thompson Vineyard Petite Sirah 2011

For those looking for a chicken mole pairing. Some tannic grip, luscious fruit, and spice/pepper. — 18 days ago

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Redwood Ranch and Vineyard

Field STone Estate Bottled Alexander Valley Petite Sirah 1978

Hint of age on nose and palate but other than that, inter grated black fruit. Medium bodied. Tobacco. — 2 days ago

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Scholium Project

Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007

Stunning gorgeous wine. Black fruits, graphite. 12 yo and balanced! 16.1 abv. Big, rich and powerful. Long. Way to go Abe Schoener. — 22 days ago

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