International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90($36) Inky purple. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice and smoky herbs on the nose. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with good depth to its dark fruit flavors and a touch of licorice coming up with air. Broad and weighty but also fine and detailed. Hints at serious ripeness, but also possesses good energy. This is a surprisingly lithe rendition of this variety, which leaves me cold more often than not. These grapes were harvested very late, on October 22, according to Officer.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The 2008 Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands (100% Petite Sirah picked in late October from yields of 1.6 tons of fruit per acre) is totally locked down at present. It reveals a massive mouthfeel as well as loads of blackberry and blueberry fruit, hints of graphite and flowers, and plenty of the tell-tale pepper and spice characteristics for which this varietal is known. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring, and should merit a slightly higher score in a decade.Drink Dates: 2013-2038Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 94Thick, dark, and chewy. Cedar, dark black fruits, cassis, and asian spices all round out this full-bodied, big wine. Will age for decades. Very nice!Author: Maxcontinuous
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
- 42 bottles owned
- 26 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 26 collectors)