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This is a very big wine with incredible darkness, power, and purity of fruit. The cool growing season led to a long hang-time, giving us ripe tannins and good acidity. It has gobs of cherry-berry-dry and black fruit flavors, spice and licorice aromas and a stick-to-your lips quality. Approachable as a young wine, it will also reward cellaring.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (August 1, 2013): " Shows spectacular ripeness, with flavors ranging from ripe blackberries and currants to mocha, moo shu plum sauce, sautéed mushrooms and gingersnap cookies..."
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (July 2013): "...quintessentially Petite Sirah in every aspect from its peppery, dark-loam aspects to its concentrated, tobacco-tinged blackberry fruit to its hard-charging back-palate tannins..."
91 points, Wine Spectator (Dec. 15, 2012): "Effusive and lively, with beautiful violet notes..."
90 points, International Wine Cellar (Nov./Oct. 2012): "...Lush and creamy but also surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille nuances..."
Just 490 cases made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.