Drinking nicely now and definitely not going to get any better. I had the 95 and 96 within the last few days, and by comparison the 94 is significantly less charming than those. The tannins are a little bit rough against a backdrop of lighter fruit and a whiff of mustiness. Drink up.
Dark red-garnet color. Nose is elegant of ripe fruit, roasted grape skin, touch of American oak. Soft tannin and balanced acidity. Musky ripe roasted sour cherry pie flavor. Easy drinking and fully mature. Short finish but I don't care. Any $6.99 wine from this vintage that shows this well was exceptionally well made and fairly priced. Bottle #5 of six. Alcohol: 13.5%
The secret to good Petite Sirah is to know to wait. And to wait. And to wait. So at 20 years of age, this wine is mature, yet may still have upside potential.
Petite Sirah has been known for some time to be Duriff, but the resemblance of this wine to a good, mature Hermitage is remarkable. The wine has power, yet it also shows the smoothness and richness that age can bring, along with dark plum and cherry fruit. This is a thrilling wine, but, alas, is my only bottle.
Not sure why this is listed as mid-80s by the consensus, even though it's somewhat over the hill. Nothing wrong here. This is an interesting a flavorful wine. Just wish I'd had it 5-10 years ago. But you should look for more petite sirahs. Good red, but different.
The profile of this wine is very similar to my last bottle. However, the acid and tannin are much less pronounced. Distinctly old world in style. Based on this bottle maybe 3-4 more years will bring improvement.
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