2006 Carlisle Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah

SKU #1067834 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Petite Sirah from the Yorkville Highlands is black/purple to the rim, with an exceptional nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with incense and a perfumed spring flower garden note. Huge, rich, and full, this is a great wine with terrific intensity, length, and purity. Mike Officer deserves huge accolades for these extraordinary wines, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. (RP)  (12/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple. Powerfully scented nose offers ripe blackberry, blueberry, cured tobacco and espresso. Round, sappy and chewy, with velvety dark berry liqueur and sexy baking spice flavors. This turned a bit brooding with air but didn't completely shut down. Finishes with sweet blackcurrant and bitter cherry qualities and good grip. 90+ Points (ST)  (6/2008)

Wine Spectator

 An earthy, dark, intense, rustic style, with black fruit, mineral, spice and cedar flavors that are focused and fresh, with a chewy finish. 172 cases made. (MW, Web-2009)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.