Retro Cellars

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah

9.33 ratings
9.01 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 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
Matt Lasater

Lovely, complex, layered. Combo of crunchy berries and macerated plum, black pepper, meat, savory and sage. Some brett but to me this was nuanced, adding a layer to wine that I enjoyed. Came across as an umami side with a kiss of something synthetic but I’m digging it.

Lovely, complex, layered. Combo of crunchy berries and macerated plum, black pepper, meat, savory and sage. Some brett but to me this was nuanced, adding a layer to wine that I enjoyed. Came across as an umami side with a kiss of something synthetic but I’m digging it.

Nov 28th, 2017
Paul Jakubowski

1hr+ decant. Dark purple color. Barnyard nose with earth and chocolate. Wine is Bordeaux style with dark berries. Medium plus depth and medium finish. Terrific wine!

1hr+ decant. Dark purple color. Barnyard nose with earth and chocolate. Wine is Bordeaux style with dark berries. Medium plus depth and medium finish. Terrific wine!

Apr 2nd, 2021
Willie Carter

Seductively dark ruby in the glass. Terrific nose featuring foresty earth, spices, toasted wood, and floral undertones. All of that mingles with delicious dark fruits. I could honestly go on and on about the nose on this, it's magnificent. This is so obviously mountain fruit. On the palate, plums, dark cherries, and smoke assault you. There's a rustic, woodsy influence here with just the right amount of vegetal traits and mountain minerality. Such great balance and acidity with a nice, long finish. This can keep for several more years but you're a stronger man than I am if you can wait.

Seductively dark ruby in the glass. Terrific nose featuring foresty earth, spices, toasted wood, and floral undertones. All of that mingles with delicious dark fruits. I could honestly go on and on about the nose on this, it's magnificent. This is so obviously mountain fruit. On the palate, plums, dark cherries, and smoke assault you. There's a rustic, woodsy influence here with just the right amount of vegetal traits and mountain minerality. Such great balance and acidity with a nice, long finish. This can keep for several more years but you're a stronger man than I am if you can wait.

May 28th, 2017