LIBRARY: Petite Sirah 2003 - 750ml
2003 Petite Sirah
92 points, Wine Spectator - “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."
92 points, The Wine Advocate - “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."
2007 Petite Sirah – 95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The black/purple 2007 Petite Sirah may well be around in 50-60 years, when most of us will be pushing up daisies. In fact, it probably needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years. A massive, pedal-to-the-metal Petite Sirah that looks like pen ink, the wine displays notes of creosote, pepper, spice box, blackberry, and blueberry, with hints of incense and floral undertones. It is dense and almost looks like syrup being poured into a glass. It is obviously not for everybody, as it is certainly a controversial New World wine, but these wines will become more and more civilized as they age, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is spoken of with reverence 40-50 years from now."
2007 Petite Sirah – 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Saturated black-ruby. Crushed blackberry and blueberry aromas are perked up by spices, pepper, violet and flinty minerality, with a smoky element adding complexity. A dense, powerful cocktail of berries with outstanding sweetness and thrust. For such a concentrated wine, this shows uncanny suavity of texture and lift. Finishes with broad, fine-grained tannins and palate-staining length. An exceptional Petite Sirah: I can see this going on in bottle for 20 years."
2007 Petite Sirah – 92 points James Suckling
"This is a hammer with a red velvet cover. Not sure what to say about t his one. Violets, lilacs, crushed dark fruits, rosemary, and lavender on the nose. Full and very powerful, with big velvety tannins. Soft and luscious, massive yet balanced. Very impressive considering the 16.5% alcohol."
2007 Petite Sirah – 92 points Wine Spectator
"Thick tannins create a mouthfilling experience of dark, concentrated and brambly flavors of wild berry and licorice. There's impressive intensity, with spicy cigar box, mineral, clay, pepper and violet grace notes on the long finish."