Four Vines

The Heretic Petite Sirah

9.116 ratings
8.31 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Petite Sirah
Tomato-Based, Lamb, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
Lori Sullivan

2008 Four Vines (now Cypher) Petite Sirah. Rich dark fruit, stewed tomatoes, candied plums. Powerful & lush #heretic

2008 Four Vines (now Cypher) Petite Sirah. Rich dark fruit, stewed tomatoes, candied plums. Powerful & lush #heretic

Jan 4th, 2015
Gil Krakowsky

Not a wine I would expect to buy, only purchase because because of reviews noting surprising “cool climate characteristics” that intrigued me (and a risk-friendly auction price). I was still surprised and very very impressed.
A deep core of Classic black plum - brighter, redder fruits revealed with air - in what is still a very primary wine.
(Apparently) Cooler climate notes of bay leaf are dominant along with some eucalyptus. In the background some nice leather and spice notes, though more red pepper and hot sauce than the black pepper notes I get from more high octane wines. One of those interesting wines that offers something’s little different with each sip, showing more florality and freshnesss at times, others it veered more fresh blueberry, some a bit of smoke and leather, and still others show a very woodsy side of eucalyptus tree. Still very much a full bodied wine with a full mouthfeel and continues to hold big chewy tannins, but is the rare Paso Robles wine (for me) with suffices acidity to create some really good tension and energy. Surprisingly great lengthleaving the palate energized and morphing with some espresso and bitter amaro elements coming in. Simply fantastic as a grilled steak wine. And honestly I think this guy has many years of development to go.

Not a wine I would expect to buy, only purchase because because of reviews noting surprising “cool climate characteristics” that intrigued me (and a risk-friendly auction price). I was still surprised and very very impressed.
A deep core of Classic black plum - brighter, redder fruits revealed with air - in what is still a very primary wine.
(Apparently) Cooler climate notes of bay leaf are dominant along with some eucalyptus. In the background some nice leather and spice notes, though more red pepper and hot sauce than the black pepper notes I get from more high octane wines. One of those interesting wines that offers something’s little different with each sip, showing more florality and freshnesss at times, others it veered more fresh blueberry, some a bit of smoke and leather, and still others show a very woodsy side of eucalyptus tree. Still very much a full bodied wine with a full mouthfeel and continues to hold big chewy tannins, but is the rare Paso Robles wine (for me) with suffices acidity to create some really good tension and energy. Surprisingly great lengthleaving the palate energized and morphing with some espresso and bitter amaro elements coming in. Simply fantastic as a grilled steak wine. And honestly I think this guy has many years of development to go.

Jun 14th, 2019
Christopher J.  Simovich

Loverly. Normally not my grape. Big fruity, delicious.

Loverly. Normally not my grape. Big fruity, delicious.

Dec 4th, 2016
David D'Amario

The label is way to cool and what's inside is hot

The label is way to cool and what's inside is hot

Oct 28th, 2014
Maddie Mae

If I could drink one wine for the rest of my life. Missing Cypher! #petitesyrah #oldvines #cypherwinery

If I could drink one wine for the rest of my life. Missing Cypher! #petitesyrah #oldvines #cypherwinery

Sep 12th, 2014
Jay Towslee

Held up surprisingly well

Held up surprisingly well

Apr 12th, 2014
Doug Rathbun

😍😍😍😍😍😍

😍😍😍😍😍😍

Nov 21st, 2013
Ren Zamora

Ren had this 5 years ago

Ren had this 5 years ago

Apr 22nd, 2017
J Chechik

J had this 6 years ago

J had this 6 years ago

Nov 29th, 2016
Matt Lormand

Matt had this 7 years ago

Matt had this 7 years ago

Mar 10th, 2016