2014 Reserve Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 1.5L Magnum
Double Gold - SF Chronicle
90 Points - California Grapevine
Petite Sirah is originally a French grape known as Durif, which is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin. However, Durif is pretty much non-existent in France today because the climate is not suited to such a late ripening variety. “Petite” refers to the small concentrated berries that produce an inky-dark wine. In California, early Petite Sirah plantings were mostly used as a blending partner. The warm climate and long, dry growing season allow us to achieve optimal ripeness and produce a soft, fruity wine with concentrated flavor and color.
This Petite Sirah from our neighbor on Bradford Mountain is concentrated and full-bodied, but also soft with a balanced acidity. As with many of our previous vintages of Reserve Petite Sirah this wine is dark and intense. It shows a wonderful array of fruity aromas focused around dark blackberry and blueberry fruit. As you look deeper you might find undertones of licorice, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. All of these aromas are accompanied by a rich mouth feel with silky smooth tannins. This wine is drinking fantastic now! I would not hold this wine for more than five years, for fear of loosing some of the wonderful fruit it's showing now. Drink and enjoy. Then drink some more.
Medium-dark to dark purplish ruby; attractive, big, ripe, intense, plummy, blueberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of anise and black pepper. Full bodied; big, rich, ripe, cedary, spicy, peppery, blue and black fruit flavors with a touch of cassis and some creaminess in the full mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. - CA Grapevine
Only 18 magnums were bottled!