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Community Tasting Notes (10) Avg Score: 92.4 points

  • What an amazing bottle of wine. Great fruit still popping through this medium bodied, inky purple wine. All the rough edges are gone at 11 years old, with just a hint of cedary cigar box peeking through from the age. Threw off a lot of sediment. Paired exceptionally well with spicy sausage and peppers over cheese filled tortellini. I can't wait to enjoy my one last bottle.

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  • Very smooth for a petite sirah. Blueberry and boysenberry fruit, with chocaolate notes and a solid structure and supple mouthfeel feel. Not a huge fan of PS, but this was about as good as it gets for the varietal.

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  • A huge nose of dark sweet fruit, dark black in color. A full bodied and rich Petite Sirah, with blueberry, blackberry, chocolate dust, layers of favor, a good kind of sweet long finish. A great wine, worth every cent.

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  • Helluva a wine - enjoyed over three days, and the last night was the best. For a petite - very elegant aromas of black fruit, violets, chocolate with star anise. Palate is full bodied but very smooth, round and harmonious. Good juicy acidity and fine tannin frame and provide precision to the medium rich fruit. Velvety on the back end, with a long, penetrating fruit and spice filled finish. Rare to see a petite with this much restraint and polish.

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  • Fantastic, a beautiful wine. Petite has the brutish reputation and that's because there's not enough of it made like this. Great integration and depth of flavor. Lipsmacking fruit, very dark in the glass, great stuff. Only 65 cases, I'll hold my one other bottle for a little longer, but knowing how good it is makes it hard to resist.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Carlisle Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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