LIBRARY: Petite Sirah 2006 "Pepperland" 1.5L
With Petite Sirah mountain and valley floor vineyards producing remarkably different character in recent vintages, we just had to celebrate these unique personalities and share them with our friends. To have blended them together would have been a missed opportunity, so we offered two Petite Sirahs in 2006: Pepperland and Muscle Man.
This is the Pepperland...
2006 Petite Sirah – Pepperland
Pepperland has been named for its generous offering of crushed white pepper, briar and ripe berry notes. Big on the palate the mountain fruit acidity imparts an elegance of balance for such a big wine and assures a fine complement to game, pork and pasta.
2006 Petite Sirah, 'Pepperland' – 92 points, Wine Spectator
"Wonderfully aromatic and full of personality, with fresh black and white pepper notes defining the zesty wild berry, mineral and savory flavors. Full-bodied, with tannins that are firm, gripping and taut."
2006 Petite Sirah, 'Pepperland' – Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Petite Sirah Pepperland is appropriately named. Aggressive oak and spice as well as background blue and black fruit aromas jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, tannic, closed, angular, and astringent effort. There is a lot buried under the surface, and while time in the bottle will be helpful, it may not be enough to bring this wine into total harmony."
2006 Petite Sirah, 'Pepperland' – Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Saturated ruby. Highly aromatic nose delivers cassis, smoked meat, crushed rock and black pepper. Dense and sweet, combining an almost roasted Chateauneuf du Pape-like character with very good inner-palate energy. The black fruit flavors are perked up by a peppery quality that lifts the wine's aftertaste. Tannins are chewy and substantial. This fruit comes from York Creek Vineyards on Spring Mountain, at an altitude reaching 2,000 feet."
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