Retro Cellars

Napa Valley Petite Sirah

9.233 ratings
9.36 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
Joshua Fisher

new by the glass st the restaurant

new by the glass st the restaurant

Dec 7th, 2019
Joshua Fisher

Winemaker shown

Winemaker shown

Oct 27th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 seems to be especially special. Dark purplish red. Overall lots of dark characteristics on the nose with tight bramble berries, black currants, spices, dried violets, a little cinnamon and even coriander. Even got a little gamey and savory with an hour or two in the glass. Heavy tannins (7/10) but smooth and full bodied. Kept beefing up as it sat open, currants on the attack, iron, smokey and a bit meaty. Larger in the mid-palate with some dark crushed rocks. Dark fruits coming through at the end after day one. Insanely dry and long with a nice little spice kick in the finish. Will drink well for the next decade or so. Drink till 2027.

Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 seems to be especially special. Dark purplish red. Overall lots of dark characteristics on the nose with tight bramble berries, black currants, spices, dried violets, a little cinnamon and even coriander. Even got a little gamey and savory with an hour or two in the glass. Heavy tannins (7/10) but smooth and full bodied. Kept beefing up as it sat open, currants on the attack, iron, smokey and a bit meaty. Larger in the mid-palate with some dark crushed rocks. Dark fruits coming through at the end after day one. Insanely dry and long with a nice little spice kick in the finish. Will drink well for the next decade or so. Drink till 2027.

Sep 21st, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Deep ruby red with high intensity. Very interesting nose to start. Layered with gamey and floral notes, black raspberries, wet rocks and dried savory herbs. Day two added some darker and thicker blue and blackberries. Moderate tannins (7.5/10) with solid acidity giving it some killer structure. Medium plus to full bodied with a fruit forward attack comprised of black cherries and cranberries. A little bit of cinnamon and perfumey herbs too. This kept going on day two and three. Day three the acidity definitely seemed to be more integrated after spiking a bit on day two, also added some additional complexity with some leather and earthy notes. Still carried a long finish till the end. This is an incredible little baby that will only get better with time. Drink till 2026. (92+)

Deep ruby red with high intensity. Very interesting nose to start. Layered with gamey and floral notes, black raspberries, wet rocks and dried savory herbs. Day two added some darker and thicker blue and blackberries. Moderate tannins (7.5/10) with solid acidity giving it some killer structure. Medium plus to full bodied with a fruit forward attack comprised of black cherries and cranberries. A little bit of cinnamon and perfumey herbs too. This kept going on day two and three. Day three the acidity definitely seemed to be more integrated after spiking a bit on day two, also added some additional complexity with some leather and earthy notes. Still carried a long finish till the end. This is an incredible little baby that will only get better with time. Drink till 2026. (92+)

Nov 17th, 2016
Kendall Johnson

Deep, dark berries, mild tannins, smooth. Just really delightful! Watch for the sediment... 😉 #hopvwineclub #coronavino

Deep, dark berries, mild tannins, smooth. Just really delightful! Watch for the sediment... 😉 #hopvwineclub #coronavino

Dec 1st, 2020
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9.1

Inky, purply-black on opening, with an immediately alluring bouquet of violets and licorice. The palate is full of black fruits and is quite open with minimal air. There are plenty of tannins lurking here in the background, but they’re well hidden behind the impressive fruit and only really make their presence known in the finish. Very tasty now, but certainly no rush by any means.

Inky, purply-black on opening, with an immediately alluring bouquet of violets and licorice. The palate is full of black fruits and is quite open with minimal air. There are plenty of tannins lurking here in the background, but they’re well hidden behind the impressive fruit and only really make their presence known in the finish. Very tasty now, but certainly no rush by any means.

Feb 2nd, 2019
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9.3

We both really liked this. First sampled at a Howell Mtn tasting event a few years ago. Tonight, it’s even better than I remembered. Inky violet color and full bodied, but the tannins are rounded and the wine is thoroughly enjoyable even at this relatively young age. Dark and lovely, right to the last drop. I need to find more.

We both really liked this. First sampled at a Howell Mtn tasting event a few years ago. Tonight, it’s even better than I remembered. Inky violet color and full bodied, but the tannins are rounded and the wine is thoroughly enjoyable even at this relatively young age. Dark and lovely, right to the last drop. I need to find more.

Nov 14th, 2018
Mark Morrissette

A soft nose of blueberries and mocha gave way to a strong palate of blackberries and wood (cedar?). Strong grippy tannins and moderate acidity of typical of a petite sirah, but the lower alcohol level (13.4%) made this quite different compared to other Petites. Really a fascinating wine with a lot of depth that shows the care of the winemaker. Decanted and let stand for about 20 minutes. Drank over 2+ hours.

A soft nose of blueberries and mocha gave way to a strong palate of blackberries and wood (cedar?). Strong grippy tannins and moderate acidity of typical of a petite sirah, but the lower alcohol level (13.4%) made this quite different compared to other Petites. Really a fascinating wine with a lot of depth that shows the care of the winemaker. Decanted and let stand for about 20 minutes. Drank over 2+ hours.

Jun 13th, 2018
Harley

Earthy mineral with a slight herbal overtone. Slight jam punch.. this is one of the better Petite Syrah I've ever had!!

Earthy mineral with a slight herbal overtone. Slight jam punch.. this is one of the better Petite Syrah I've ever had!!

Sep 16th, 2017
Sam Shepard

Don't try petite sirah often but interesting florals (violet and rose) with some blue fruits

Don't try petite sirah often but interesting florals (violet and rose) with some blue fruits

Apr 6th, 2017