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2003 Robert Foley - Petite Sirah

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Petite Sirah
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SKU: 136397-2003
  • 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Lots 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: 2005-2010
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 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: 2010-2025
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: DrinkBeHappy
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Needed 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: 90

    Typical Robert Foley...very dense and very dark. I believe the '03 should be cellared longer. It needs some more time to evolve.
    Author: sbind
Winemaker Robert Foley began his winemaking career in 1977, working at Heitz Winery before becoming founding winemaker at Markham, where he developed the style of Merlot that helped make the variety a mega-trend in the 1980s. Following his success at Markham, Foley is perhaps best known for his tenure with Pride and Paloma. He still keeps a coterie of clients including School House, Switchback Ridge and Hourglass. He founded Robert Foley Vineyards in 1999 and was named Food & Wine Magazine's Winemaker of the Year in 2007.

Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Robert Foley Vineyards (Show #16, 41:59 min 20 MB)

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Bordeaux blends. It is a rare grape, with fewer than 10,000 acres planted worldwide, mostly in California. 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. Napa producers Turley, Switchback Ridge, Robert Foley and Pride Mountain 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)