2013 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1221554 92-94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard, from one of the best Petite sites in Napa Valley, races from the glass with a huge core of dark fruit, smoke, game, tobacco, spices and savory herbs. Mike Officer gave the 2013 35 days on the skins to help soften the formidable tannins that are such a signature of this site. A rich, explosive finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)  (1/2015)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a well-known site for Petite Sirah, the blockbuster 2013 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (100% varietal) will be a 30- to 40-year wine. The alcohol is 15.4%, which is relatively high for Petite Sirah. Full-bodied, primary, dense and massive with an inky/purple color, the nose offers up scents of camphor, white flowers, blueberries and blackberries. (RP) 91-93+  (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Toasted herb and cedar notes offer details of cumin, chai tea and caramel that bring a warm element to the blueberry muffin and blackberry flavors. Thickly tannic, but polished and refined. (MW)  (11/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Black and inky, with a tease of rustic, leathery earth, this is a smooth, easygoing version of the variety, rich in baked red fruit and plum. The finish combines for a developed, complex notion of both powerful tannin and high-toned elegance, finding a balance within itself that begs for further aging. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (11/2015)

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.