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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerMockingbird Hill (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)089819535798

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 51 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SanderB on 6/29/2015 & rated 90 points: PnP. Pungent cranberry, graphite, pencil shavings and saddle leather. Full flavors of smokey blueberry. Not too sweet or tart. Still exhibits some dusty tannins, but this is probably at the tail end of its drinking window. (537 views)
 Tasted by redbrix on 10/9/2013 & rated 85 points: Great mouth feel and almost chewy. Velvety cherries. (1495 views)
 Tasted by allensounhein on 7/24/2013 & rated 88 points: Again very good and had with steak Nice color and aroma
Decanted for several hours tho. (1742 views)
 Tasted by snarfglk on 12/4/2012 & rated 86 points: Fading (1942 views)
 Tasted by allensounhein on 10/8/2012 & rated 88 points: Last bottle and very good
Very dark almost black color not a very good nose and due
pushing the date to drink by
Had with Steak Burgers and a spinach salad with peppercorn dressing (1968 views)
 Tasted by PolarBear22 on 6/10/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted for an hour. Dark color. Nice dark fruits, blueberry, for the first hour or so. Fruit faded some for the final glass with nice smooth tannins. Nice bottle. (1987 views)
 Tasted by PolarBear22 on 3/11/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted an hour. Nice dark color. Good fruit with smooth tannins. Not as tannic as some PS. Paired wonderfully with grilled filets and mushrooms. (1349 views)
 Tasted by defnefferson on 10/19/2011 & rated 90 points: Don't remember the notes. Really delicious petite sirah. (2074 views)
 Tasted by RJTcellars on 6/15/2011 & rated 85 points: Drink 'em if you got 'em. Bottle was p&p'd good fruit, classic Syrah characteristics 30 to 40 minutes in, the bottle was devoid of most of its original appeal. I think this '06 gem is end the end of its prime. (2096 views)
 Tasted by RJTcellars on 4/21/2011 & rated 86 points: Noticed some bottle to bottle variability over the 2 cases I had in this wine, that either had me thinking it was great or just average. Todays bottle was very good. Overall point swing somewhere mid to 80's so a solid buy at this price point. (2215 views)
 Tasted by jomeara on 4/7/2011 & rated 90 points: Still a very full body wine, but starting to loose some of the power that earned it's ws 94 rating. (2151 views)
 Tasted by winecharmer on 3/14/2011 & rated 86 points: Going downhill and fast. Lacks any semblance of a petit syrah body or flavor aside from the black purple color of the wine. Running it through a vinturi briefly improved it, but it was unwilling to let go, perhaps because there was nothing to let go of. Decanting didn't do much either, nor did glass time. Drinkable, but not at all what I'd expect from a PS, and even less than what I'd expect from Mockingbird Hill. I'll stick with their cabs. (2251 views)
 Tasted by ecola on 2/3/2011 & rated 88 points: Aromas of blackberries and a little oak. Blackberry flavors come through, but there is a slightly hollow mid- ($13) (2100 views)
 Tasted by mlunt on 6/21/2010 & rated 87 points: Not particularly memorable, a big wine but disjointed. Did not really get better with time. (2781 views)
 Tasted by Parnelli on 12/3/2009 & rated 84 points: Maybe I'm wrong here ... Jonathon Newman raved about this one ... somewhere in the 90's, but I don't like whimpy petite sirahs! I want big fruit, stain the teeth, know I've had some wine with a grilled burger, but this was like it had been watered down. I had rated this 87 both times before ... what was I thinking! (3608 views)
 Tasted by maxmanx on 11/12/2009 & rated 86 points: Not impressed. Decanted and drank over several hours. Simple. (3942 views)
 Tasted by annerk on 10/2/2009 & rated 89 points: 50+4+12+16+7 Very nice QPR. Dark fruit and cola on palate, interesting lingering finish with some charcoal and cocoa powder Would buy again, very approachable, even as a pop and pour (3946 views)
 Tasted by Parnelli on 9/10/2009 & rated 87 points: This was much better than my two previous bottles ... wasn't whimpy like the others. (4146 views)
 Tasted by gquigs on 7/4/2009 & rated 88 points: Good, tasty with food, esp a red sauce (4653 views)
 Tasted by JonGray on 6/20/2009: nice - gentle - big (1329 views)
 Tasted by MT3 on 5/9/2009 & rated 86 points: Somewhat simple, but very pleasant and approachable. Good fruit, with layers of chocolate, cassis and cola. Still a little tannic and hot, but not in an aggresive way. (5127 views)
 Tasted by tmoritz1 on 5/2/2009 & rated 90 points: Somewhat tight initallly but opened up quickly-Fresh berry and cherry nose.Hints of anise and spice.Round taste but light enought for a great spring time red (5080 views)
 Tasted by L_McNichol on 4/27/2009 & rated 90 points: A delicious light red for warm evenings & lighter fare. It was truly lip-smacking good. (5065 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/11/2009 & rated 88 points: Perfectly servicable PS at its price point. (5309 views)
 Tasted by RossR on 3/27/2009 & rated 89 points: Delicious but very tight ... needs more time in bottle to integrate and tame the heat of the alcohol. Pleasantly long finish that hints at more to come for those of us willing to wait. I'm having a big glass tonight ... but really looking forward to tasting it tomorrow. For this price, definitely fighting out of it's weight class.

Day 2: Left the bottle corked on the counter overnight. Now that's more like it! A much more enjoyable glass tonight but still far to young. (5211 views)
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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 Wines (Wine Institute of California)

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.

Napa Valley

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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

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