2004 Robert Foley - Petite Sirah 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2004 Petite Sirah is one of the most compelling examples of this varietal that I have ever tasted from California. As longtime readers know, I believe this is the most underrated varietal in California, but it's not exactly a fun wine to drink young. After 10-15 years of age, it often reveals more character than many more expensive reds. Bob Foley has fashioned a true blockbuster that should age for three decades, but should be accessible when young given its abundant extraction and richness. The softness of the tannins and the wine's silky, voluptuous character suggest it can be consumed over the next 2-3 years, but it will not reveal many secondary nuances for 5-6 more years. An inky/black/ruby color is accompanied by notes of incense, fruit cake, blackberries, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Although it has huge body as well as massive concentration, nothing is out of place in this tour de force that takes Petite Sirah to a mythical level of quality.

Drink Dates: 2009-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Black-ruby to the rim. Very dark, vibrant aromas of mountain blackberry, violet and licorice. Lush, thick and outsized; saturates the entire palate with an essence of black fruits. This boasts huge volume but does not come across as overly sweet. A superb example of petite sirah.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/10/2015
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 91
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/24/2013
Drink Dates: 2015-2022
Stills very young and strong tannins although it's satisfying in its full body, very dark fruit. This is serious stuff , right now is a great, great wine to pair wit a strong dish or decant couple of hours or give it 1-2 more years.

Rating: 91
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/29/2011

Rating: 90
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/03/2010

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews
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866 bottles owned by 253 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

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Wine Varietal: Petite Sirah

Once thought to be a relative of Syrah, this red variety actually shares DNA with the Durif grape. Wines made from Petite Sirah (or Petite Syrah) are robust, tannic, and darkly-colored. It is bottled both as a single variety and used in blends to add body. Petite Sirah grows best in warmer climates such as Argentina and California's Sonoma, Paso Robles, Amador, Mendocino, and Napa regions. Typical descriptors for Petite Sirah include black pepper, jam, and blueberry.

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