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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerRobert Foley (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)090075328765

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2034 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Robert Foley Petite Sirah Napa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 52 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wineshaman on 3/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Been almost 2.5 years since last tasted, plenty going on here, still loads of blueberry, black berry, tart, cherry, tart grape soda ( in a good way) incredibly long sweet/tart finish. Lots of life left in this baby, revisit in another 2.5 years! (560 views)
 Tasted by ewledbetter on 1/2/2015 & rated 92 points: super dark and rich. needs more time to balance. (864 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 7/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Probably drank too early. Decanted over 90 minutes. Lots of black fruits but still showing a lot of tannin and alcohol. Will old several years before trying again. (1682 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Surprisingly refined given its zany 16.5% alcohol level. Delivers an array of enjoyable aromatic/flavor notes - blueberries, toasted oak, and dark red fruit. Flavor-driven for sure. Delivers on what it's supposed to be: A full-throttle tough guy wine with underlying depth and finesse. Paired wonderfully with an au poivre burger. (1885 views)
 Tasted by DeeAlex623 on 9/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Blueberry (2904 views)
 Tasted by skinut on 9/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Very smooth, nose not a big as one expects from PS. At 16.5% alc., no heat on the nose or palate. Nose opened up with some air, but the bottle was finished pretty quickly as I was sharing with 5 others. Ready now - not sure it will improve much, but should last many years. (2484 views)
 Tasted by joshabramson on 8/28/2013 & rated 91 points: I'm rating this immediately after opening -- there is a lot here, but it's not integrated yet. Perhaps it will open up after a little while, but otherwise I think this needs a few more years in the bottle. (2316 views)
 Tasted by Sonoma-W on 8/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Wow -- more nuanced and less jammy than expected. Good tannins -- several years left. (1106 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 4/12/2013 & rated 91 points: Robert Foley Wines (The Wine Spot): Bask to one label after experimenting with two in 06. I liked this but it seems to be a bit shut down at the moment. Not much to offer so I kept swirling my glass until it opened up. The nose has blackberries with some cocoa and also some dried meat qualities. Lovely full bodied texture. The nose carries thru to the palate. Good acidity. I think at this point, I would cellar these for a few years. (2783 views)
 Tasted by JGMalcolm on 3/24/2013 & rated 95 points: This is a fabulous wine, Rich, full-bodied, and fleshy, with hints of cherry, licorice, blackberry, black currant and charcoal. The wine has a deep (Indian) garnet color. Medium legs. Long finish. Yummy! (1902 views)
 Tasted by Erik wine on 3/15/2013 & rated 96 points: I thought it was near perfect. It was super dark, blackberries, cherry. I would of gave it a even higher rating but it took a while to open up. It needs to be decanted for at least two to three hours. With each glass it tasted different it had so much diversity. (1505 views)
 Tasted by sasvino on 2/23/2013 & rated 93 points: Certainly a massive Petite syrah which just layers and layers of fruit, blackberry, blueberry, plum, black cherry, i was expecting more tannin but it had a fairly crisp demeanor, complex with a structure that will improve with more time, very tight on the open, so i would decant 1 - 2 hours, low 90s with upside. -S (1724 views)
 Tasted by KCProper on 2/21/2013 & rated 93 points: 1/2 used in Beef Bourguignon. Very much liked this, but it was a beast. Not as tannic as I would've expected given some reviews (Pro or not). Big dark purple. Great moutheel. Soft but textured tannins. (1699 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 2/15/2013 & rated 85 points: Side Bern's Wine Store Tasting (Tampa, Fl.): Corked? Not sure. very astringent, acidic, slightly sour. (Doris 89. Blueberries) (1364 views)
 Tasted by wineshaman on 11/17/2012 & rated 93 points: Decated 3hrs, big, rich, massive, concentrated, massive amounts of blueberries, blackberries, powdered bluberry koolaid, long rich fruity finish. Cannot imagine a bigger wine, makes the aussies look like whimps!! 93++++ (1708 views)
 Tasted by Skyjumper on 9/25/2012: This wine had a profoundly sour taste. We couldn't finish the bottle. (1988 views)
 Tasted by mister wine on 7/19/2012 & rated 94 points: Big blueberry nose. Massive blueberry palate with vanilla. Needs decant. Needs food now to cut the tannins. It went great with grilled tenderloin. This puppy will hold up to any steak. Can't wait to try it in a few years. (2254 views)
 Tasted by wino31 on 3/23/2012 & rated 93 points: Drunk w/o decanting, which was a mistake. This is a young Foley beast of wine that needs to breath (a lot). Nearly pitch black, extremely extracted: huge black fruits, a bit of pepper, nice acidity, and the thickness of 10W30. I just reread my last review, which said the '06 was bigger and better. I don't recall (senility and/or the alcohol kicking in), but given how good this was, I'm going to retaste the '06. (2566 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 12/25/2011 & rated 93 points: Blueberry jam, crude oil, and thick as molasses. Needed to decant, and the aeration of penny of time in the glass was not enough. We'll see how the other 3/4 bottle of wine is tomorrow, but this still needs lots of time. (2994 views)
 Tasted by Omadobs on 12/24/2011 & rated 93 points: Apparently I'm either an easy grader or in the holiday spirit, but we had this yesterday and it was significantly better than the Goosecross Aeros IMHO. Very closed at first--definitely not a PNP. Yet after aerating and decanting and waiting a couple hours, this was a monolithic blueberry monster with exceptional length and superb tannin structure. Rumor has it that THE BOB bestowed a 95 on this wine and said it could go decades. If it pales in comparison to the 2006 as others have written, that must be one kickin' wine. (2677 views)
 Tasted by wino31 on 12/21/2011 & rated 92 points: An excellent wine, though not as big (or good) as the monster 2006s. (2686 views)
 Tasted by edarrincox on 9/24/2011 & rated 90 points: Wonderful. Glad I have a case of these. Will mature well over the next several years that we enjoy this wine. (3021 views)
 Tasted by novicedave on 8/21/2011: - It's in total harmony with a full body. Bright texture with a long finish. (3071 views)
 Tasted by Philly NQ King on 11/11/2010 & rated 93 points: It's been over a year since llyarsdad posted the first CT note on this wine...and each word still applies. This wine is still a baby and hasn't budged since release. Tight, floral, and as thick as tar - wine hedonism at it's best! I'd love to taste this wine in 10 years, but I fear my will power isn't strong enough to lay off the remaining bottles... (4230 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 11/10/2010 & rated 91 points: The Ultimate Wine Experience (Binny's South Loop - Chicago, IL): Good. Over rated this year though. Raw and bold. Black fruit - not quite as blue as usual.
Lots of structure. Port-like palate but not overdone. Well polished. Good. (4988 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/20/2010)
(Robert Foley Petite Sirah) Opaque black violet color; nice black plum, berry, blackberry nose; concentrated, blackberry, black plum, tar, mineral, French oak, mocha palate; long finish  92 points
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Petite Sirah

Varietal character (Appellation America) | P.S. I Love You: A Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization

Petite Sirah is a variety of red wine grape grown in France, California, Israel and Australia. Recently, wineries located in Washington State's Yakima Valley, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, Mexico, Chile's Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula have also produced wines from Petite Sirah grapes. Though developed in France, it is nearly extinct there as of 2002, hanging on in limited plantings in the Isère and Ardêche regions of the Rhône Valley and in Palette, a tiny appellation in Provence. It is the main grape known in the US and Israel as Petite Sirah with over 90% of the California plantings labeled "Petite Sirah" being Durif grapes; the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms recognizes "Durif" and "Petite Sirah" as interchangeable synonyms referring to the same grape. The grape originated as a cross of Syrah pollen germinating a Peloursin plant. On some occasions, Peloursin and Syrah vines may be called Petite Sirah, usually because the varieties are extremely difficult to distinguish in old age.

The 'petite' in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine, which is particularly vigorous. The leaves are large with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters that can be susceptible to rotting in rainy environments. The small berries creates a high skin to juice ratio which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period. In the presence of new oak barrels the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.

Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic with firm texture and mouth feel. The bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, with plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color. The wines are very tannic with aging ability that can eclipse 20 years in the bottle.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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