2003 Robert Foley Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Wine & Spirits
You may know Bob Foley as the talented winemaker at Pride Family Vineyards. He also bottles wines under his own label, like this vibrant petite. Everything about it is bright, especially the color, a dense purple with electric ruby edges. The flavors build on fresh fig and plum, dense, rich and beautifully clean. The tannins are chalky rather than chocolatey (earthy rather than oaky). A sleek Petite to age ten years or more.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Petite Sirah is a classic. Opaque purple to the rim, with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, white flowers, crushed rocks, vanilla, and smoke, ferociously tannic but enormously concentrated and extracted, this wine needs 5-6 years of bottle age and will handsomely repay two decades of aging. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full ruby. Captivating aromas of blackberry, blueberry, crushed pepper, iron and smoked meat. Densely packed, sweet and chewy, with explosive, juicy fruit of noteworthy purity; a bit less jammy than the nose suggests. Finishes with huge but sweet tannins and a lingering flavor of chocolate truffle. Boasts superb depth of fruit flavor for Petite Sirah. 92+ (ST)
*Cellar Selection* Shows true Pet character in the black color, huge tannins, softness, extremely ripe fruit, and obvious ageability. Everything is superrefined, working at its top level. Blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, creme de cassis, coffee, sweet leather and oak flavors all mingle in a complex wine that loves beef. Drink now through 2020.
Lots of exotic spice, wood and hazelnut aromas lead to a rich, supple, polished core of harmonious wild berry and blackberry fruit. It's so refined and elegant you'll be surprised that this is a Petite Sirah, though the tannins on the finish will remind you of this grape's chewy personality. (JL)