2006 Eaglepoint Ranch Mendocino County Petite Sirah

SKU #1049146

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fans of 'Pet' will exult at this wildly exuberant wine. Grown in a dramatic mountain vineyard high above the Central Mendocino plain, it's bone dry and gigantic in tannins, with massive flavors of black currants, red meat, charred meat bone and pepper. Will age for at least a decade." (07/09) Eaglepoint Ranch is a classic California vineyard. Bryan Brick and I have always enjoyed the wines from here, whether under the Eaglepoint Ranch label, or labels that buy fruit from the property; the quality will always show itself. Winemaker/grapegrower Casey Hartlip is a true North Coast icon. The 2006 Petite Sirah is classic Eaglepoint PS. Big, bright black fruit with meatiness and spice that builds out in the mid-palate. This wine is screaming for a big juicy steak. Drink now or put in in you cellar for a couple years. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants) One of the best and most affordable bottlings of Petite Sirah I've seen in years. With its inky black pour brightening at the edges and the Schezuan spice, camphor, pure blueberry fruit and vanilla bean found in the nose, the wine is never shy about what it is trying to accomplish. Its big, forward, but surprisingly open-knit nature is quite uncommon for Petite Sirah, but it works magnificently. Flavors of roast meat, snappy raspberry and wild forest are ever present on the palate. Typically intense and tannic on the finish, leaving a lasting impression. Simply put this is Petite Sirah. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Varietal:

Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.1