International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($50) Bright, full ruby. Captivating aromas of blackberry, blueberry, crushed pepper, iron and smoked meat. Densely packed, sweet and chewy, with explosive, juicy fruit of noteworthy purity; a bit less jammy than the nose suggests. Finishes with huge but sweet tannins and a lingering flavor of chocolate truffle. Boasts superb depth of fruit flavor for petite sirah.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Lots of exotic spice, wood and hazelnut aromas lead to a rich, supple, polished core of harmonious wild berry and blackberry fruit. It's so refined and elegant you'll be surprised that this is a Petite Sirah, though the tannins on the finish will remind you of this grape's chewy personality.Drink Dates: 2005-2010Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2003 Petite Sirah is a classic. Opaque purple to the rim, with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, white flowers, crushed rocks, vanilla, and smoke, ferociously tannic but enormously concentrated and extracted, this wine needs 5-6 years of bottle age and will handsomely repay two decades of aging.Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 92Author: DrinkBeHappy
Self | Rating: 91Needed about 5 hours' air before it came into balance. Full-bodied, inky black, with spices and blue fruits showing. Very nice!Author: Maxcontinuous
Self | Rating: 90Typical Robert Foley...very dense and very dark. I believe the '03 should be cellared longer. It needs some more time to evolve.Author: sbind
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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Petite Sirah is a thick-skinned, unusually dark, tannic, and full-bodied variety most known for giving color and structure to . It is a rare grape, with fewer than 10,000 acres planted worldwide, mostly in . It can withstand very hot climates but it often loses its acidity and fruit when grown in these environments. The best wines display aromas of blackberry jam, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, and clove. producers , , and produce some of the best wines from Petite Sirah.
Petite Sirah’s full-body and high level of tannins pair best with bold, rich, fatty foods such as barbequed beef, sauced dishes, aged gouda, and mushrooms.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 323 bottles owned
- 73 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 73 collectors)