Petite Sirah, Once & Future
Deep, opaque, and blue blackish in color. Perfume like scents of Sandalwood, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and smoke lead to a bright, full, though not ponderous, mouthfeel with surprisingly refined fine tannins and a long complex finish. This is Napa Petite Sirah singing a beautiful, lyrical, high pitched song.
The 2017 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard comes from dry-farmed, head-pruned, 44-year-old vines planted in bale loam. It was harvested on September 7 and aged in 30% new French oak. "It's my opinion Napa would be famous for Petite Sirah if it weren't for Cabernet Sauvignon," says winemaker Joel Peterson. Opaque purple-black in color, it opens with fresh violets, cassis, aniseed, crushed blueberries and boysenberries plus hints of vanilla and coffee bean. The palate is full-bodied and demonstrates restraint for the grape, with finely detailed black and blue fruits, a firm but ripe frame and long, lifted finish.
201 cases produced