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Community Tasting Notes (56) Avg Score: 92.2 points

  • Deep Inky in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

    Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, light earth, vinaigrette, espresso and peppercorn.

    Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity.

    Dry and still very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and light citrus.

    Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cherries.

    This is a wonderful Petite Sirah from Suisun Valley in California. Dense, rich and extracted.

    Was probably better a few years ago, but I really enjoyed it regardless.

    Tangy and spicy. Generous and fruit forward. Interesting stuff with a teeth staining color.

    I really like these kind of big wines that show nice complexity and mouthfeel.

    Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. A great sipping wine.

    100% Petite Sirah grapes were aged in oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months. A small production of only 400 cases.

    15.1% alcohol by volume.

    93 points.


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  • Opened an hour before serving. An eccentric wine. Black and shockingly brooding with intense concentration and richness, showcasing so much black and blue berry character on nose and palate. The downsides are the overt tannins that haven't softened enough, plus the warmth on the long finish.

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  • Here we are 12 years later. Kevin loves its fruit and structure and it’s sense of itself. I like it too but find it a bit... young and large.

    Still, a good showing and perhaps better in... 2023!

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  • Great wine with amazing balance. Wish I had more, this wine has a long life ahead.

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  • We popped and poured... dark purple, almost black. It took a couple of hours for the nose to open: exotic and complex, blueberries with spices, maybe some rose petal - captivating. In the mouth, at first I thought that this wine was too tannic... long with good fruit, but the tannin was not well integrated. However, after 2 hours, the fruit won the battle.... long, with berries, soy sauce and chocolaty finish. Very rich and quite complex. The wine was a good match with food (salt/cayenne rubbed rib roast), but was also very enjoyable alone. I think this has a long way to go - I would decant for 1-2 hour(s) before consuming.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126, (See more on Vinous...)

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