Retro Cellars

Old Vine Petite Sirah

9.166 ratings
9.126 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Petite Sirah
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 is the bigger brother to their Napa Valley bottling. Deep and dark purplish red. Layered and thick nose with dried crushed flowers, cloves, blueberries and vanilla. Heavy and dusty tannins (8/10) with a full body. High acidity but not over the top. A lot redder than the Napa Valley bottling when it comes to fruit flavors of raspberries, and bramble berries but does have a touch of blueberries. A bit woody too throughout with some forest floor, spices and white pepper. Very dry and long finish. This is a best of a wine that will improve with some bottle age. Drink from 2019 till 2034. (93+)

Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 is the bigger brother to their Napa Valley bottling. Deep and dark purplish red. Layered and thick nose with dried crushed flowers, cloves, blueberries and vanilla. Heavy and dusty tannins (8/10) with a full body. High acidity but not over the top. A lot redder than the Napa Valley bottling when it comes to fruit flavors of raspberries, and bramble berries but does have a touch of blueberries. A bit woody too throughout with some forest floor, spices and white pepper. Very dry and long finish. This is a best of a wine that will improve with some bottle age. Drink from 2019 till 2034. (93+)

Sep 21st, 2017
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.0

#howellmountain #napaterroirisreal #petitesirah #dunn this is a big wine and I completely recommend decanting it first. Can definitely age. A Coravin won't give you a true idea of this wine, it needs to be uncorked.

#howellmountain #napaterroirisreal #petitesirah #dunn this is a big wine and I completely recommend decanting it first. Can definitely age. A Coravin won't give you a true idea of this wine, it needs to be uncorked.

Aug 30th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Deep purplish-blue. Love the complexity of the nose on this bottling. Tons of blueberries, baking spices, toasted wood, savory herbs, burnt matches, burnt mulch, sweet smoke and purple floral notes. Heavy tannins (8.5/10) and full bodied. Loads of oak influence on the palate as well with toasted wood, cinnamon and vanilla. A little savory too as it aired out with some dark cherries and black fruits. Super long finish. Absolutely a killer bottle for under $50.00 with tons of aging potential. If you want to drink this now, decant for 6+ hours. Drink from 2018 till 2036.

Deep purplish-blue. Love the complexity of the nose on this bottling. Tons of blueberries, baking spices, toasted wood, savory herbs, burnt matches, burnt mulch, sweet smoke and purple floral notes. Heavy tannins (8.5/10) and full bodied. Loads of oak influence on the palate as well with toasted wood, cinnamon and vanilla. A little savory too as it aired out with some dark cherries and black fruits. Super long finish. Absolutely a killer bottle for under $50.00 with tons of aging potential. If you want to drink this now, decant for 6+ hours. Drink from 2018 till 2036.

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2016
Steven Gullo

Made By Michael Dunn on Howell Mountain. Elegant Petite Sirah!

Made By Michael Dunn on Howell Mountain. Elegant Petite Sirah!

Mar 23rd, 2017
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.2

From magnum. Dunn Vyrds & Retro Cellars harvest party.

From magnum. Dunn Vyrds & Retro Cellars harvest party.

Sep 28th, 2016
Jim Sikes

Nice wine that's extra dark and dense. Needs full flavored food.

Nice wine that's extra dark and dense. Needs full flavored food.

May 5th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.2

Super delicious. #retrocellars

Super delicious. #retrocellars

Nov 27th, 2015
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.1

From magnum.

From magnum.

Sep 24th, 2015
Rebekah Wineburg

Winemaker Buccella Wines

9.5

Super expressive nose full of spice and deepest darkest fruits. In the mouth there's presence and power yet also elegance.

Super expressive nose full of spice and deepest darkest fruits. In the mouth there's presence and power yet also elegance.

Feb 28th, 2015
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.0

These wines really shine with a few years of bottle aging. 2004 vintage.

These wines really shine with a few years of bottle aging. 2004 vintage.

Oct 18th, 2014