The pinnacle of Petite Sirah. Inky, chewy, assertive, and grippy. After an hour of decanting, it was lush and velvety, with a beautifully retained structure and all the sexy and unctuous fruit expected of this varietal.
I am a big fan of these Foley PS wines. This was the one vintage where they separated the blend into its two components. Nice wines, and educational, but I ultimately enjoy the complexity of the blend.
PnP with tightly coiled but layered notes of electric and lively purple, black, and ripe red berries, blackberry, dark plum, dark raspberry, asphalt, charcoal, and cool, wet granite. Some nuances of earth and spice, but more dominant with the purple fruits, stone, and asphalt/tar notes.
Just what I want from a Petite Sirah. Bob Foley does it right with his own namesake label as well as with Switchback Ridge Petites. As noted by others, the Muscleman is still a baby as a 2006, but drinking well nonetheless. Has a decade+ of life ahead of it, but I would consider now to be the beginning of its prime drinking window. After a decant for a total of 2 hours, this was drinking great. Never muddled; never too heavy. Instead, it is full of rich power without the sharp edges.
If you open now, give it an hour or two to fully unwind in a decanter at cellar temperature. Went great with sausage and mushroom lasagna with homemade pasta. I continue to prefer Foley's Muscleman over the Pepperland PSs, especially in 2006.
Browns suck, wine don't (part - I have lost track); 10/3/2015-10/5/2015 (My home): This was the vintage Robert Foley made two different Petit's IIRC. This was the brawnier of the two. After 9 years, it is still young. No hurry at all. While it drinks well, I think it may still improve a bit. Purple in color. The nose is charcoal, black raspberries, plums and a slight coffee note. Full bodied. On the palate, there is a nice juiciness to this. Still medium tannins. Lots of black raspberry and plum fruit. Great wine.
People often ask me, “What is your favorite varietal?” My answer is, “Petite Sirah.” Then, they look at me curiously thinking he likes a delicate, light bodied wine. Petite means small… right? Yes, the grape is small (petite), but that is where petite aspect ends. Robert Foley’s iteration is anything but small. Let’s see…what words come to mind? Big, massive, monster, beast…yes, fasten your seat belts. This petite is not for the faint hearted. Deep and rich dark fruit, huge tannins….need I say more?
Decanted for three hours. Final wine at a wine event with friends. Massive and potent. Big hit with our group. This wine is very structured, with the tannins still quite prevalent. Probably opened this a little early, but sometimes I enjoy them a little less integrated. Wish I had more.
Opaque red, pink halo, intense, deep, spicy, woody, complex, beautiful nose. Full body, high alcohol but well contained by overall structure, tannins surprizingly soft although plenty left to allow many years more of aging, causing texture to be not as silky as one day it will certainly be. Lots of fruit but not cloying due to the superb structure underlying it, blackcurrant, concord grapes,raisins, prunes preserved in liqueur, tropical fruits (jamelão), etc. Finish is still somewhat rough, but with some fruit.
Popped & decanter for 1.5 hours which wasn't near enough time. The nose was beautiful black fruits whiule the palate was hiding! I got cedar and a little more cedar under overtones of cedar. Let the rest sit for another year and see what I've got.
Not approachable at first, decanted 3.5 hours. Dark thick ink pours into the glass. Dark fruits on the nose. Tasted some blackberry, licorice, and oddly a touch of bubble gum. By no means a simple wine. Huge tannins which settled as we drank it through the night. Recorked the last quarter of the bottle, and will revisit today. My two other bottles will remain cellared for a few more years.
This wine absolutely delivers. Big, bold fruit. Just enough tannins. Just enough heat. A very delicious sipping/drinking/meal matching wine. Can't say anything negative except I didn't get enough. I would say it's close to being jammy and just misses that mark to keep it from being too sweet. Has enough dryness to make you wonder if it even is dry. Overall, a great wine.
This is a massive wine. Still a baby and really has not developed a whole lot yet. Inky purple in color. The nose is boysenberry with some saddle leather. On the palate, it is intense but within a narrow range. Very tight. Lush texture. It has an intensity despite its narrow focus that seems to say, give it a lot more time. On day 2, this still hadn't really budged much.
I opened this last night, poured off a glass and put the cork back in it. I picked this wine because I figured it would show enough stuffing for me to circle back to it in a few days and I wanted something to go with pizza, that had the color, weight and ooze to end what was a long week. For what it's worth, I last drank one of these over 2 years ago, in winter of 2009 so that is certainly enough spacing to offer some contrast. So to the wine, this is as dark as I expected, staining the inside of the glass. Really shows a lot of depth and intensity, which is when I drink petite, this is what I want to see, not something delicate or nuanced. Give me power, color and throttle. This is a sledgehammer, with enough dusty tannin to go some years. Last night, I got chocolate covered cherries, some iron and some ripeness. That seems to have settled down with the slow ox, which a day later now shows even more power, but it's also smoothed out, with lots of chocolate, dark berry and a clean texture. Yes, there is ripeness here, and while it doesn't get raisiny, it's a big-ass fruited wines. Listed alcohol is 15.1% and I think this would be a one wine dinner if this was paired with a meal, as the intensity, weight and punch from the alcohol (shit, it's petite!) make it a dominant, look-at-me experience. This is a bigggg wine.
Outstanding Foley: black as ink, enormous nose, huge fruit, smooth as silk, minute-long finish. High alcohol content, although well hidden (until the 2d glass), develpoing new levels of complexity. Will be terrific for another 20 years. Needs hours of decanting.
Huge nose of dark stone fruits, cinnamon and roasted meat. The palate is full, with intense acid and verve. Monster tannins to go with the whole package. Still too big in every sense, including tannins. Needs years.
Wind Gap, Thackrey, La Spinetta, Altare, OV (Futo), Foley: Tom wanted something young and went down to get this. I like this wine, and while it drinks great today, I think the future is promising as well. Inky purple, opaque and bright. The nose is black raspberries, some blueberries and graphite. On the palate, this is lush and juicy. Easy to gulp and I didn't notice heat or alcohol. Not a lot of complexity at this young stage but it is delicious.
Color as deep a purple-black as I have ever seen in a glass of wine. Thick like crude oil, sticking to the glass with monstrous legs. Blackberry jam on the nose; coffee, pepper and spice on the palate. Finishes with heat. Should have decanted this one, but only had it open for about 30 minutes, then tasted over 2 hours. Will save 2/3 of the bottle for tomorrow and see what some time does with it.
Continuous pop and pour, along with the 06 Merlot, for a group dinner at CUT in Vegas. Remarkably approachable and smooth for such a young PS, reflecting some of the softness of the vinetage but a great array of deep fruits and lush tanins. An amazing bottle.
Double decanted 24 hours which made a HUGE difference...probably 3 full points in my book. If the devil himself made red wine, this is what I would expect. Dark as night and thick as lava. Nose and palate of blackberries and something that I can best describe as sweet chocolate asphalt...like the toasty outside of a roasted marshmallow. If you've had Foley Petite before, you probably know what I'm talking about. This was really, really good. Paired with mesquite grilled ribeye, the flavors of both just exploded together with the beef really taming the sweet, fine tannins. Insanely good pairing.
The only other TN belongs to 'pgm' so he and I have doubled the content--yes, it's early on to open this wine but given the comments about the Pepperland bottling, I went with this one. For sure, it needs decant time, as at 3 hours of air, the wine starts to unwind. It's Foley petite, made in that style...stains the glass down the sides, lots of black dark fruit, concentrated blackberry, molten and some cocoa powder. I saved about 8 ounces for tomorrow so we'll see how 24 hours treats it.........after 24 hours, much the same, perhaps a bit softer. This is a deep wine, with a bedrock of flavor but it's 2-3 years away from being ready or maybe a 3 day decant to enjoy.
Gorgeous, opaque purple-black in color. Blackberry compote features prominently on the nose loaded with rich, creamy scents, but not really oaky vanilla notes. In the mouth, it's dense black fruit, chocolate cake and pepper that comes on strong at the finish, which is peppery sweet and long. Tannins are gigantic, but they are exceedingly fine and ripe, and they didn't stand in the way of my enjoyment at all. However, they do give me the impression that this isn't really for drinking young (duh, you might fairly say). 92 now, with another couple potential points in a few years.