2012 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1227055 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From Napa Valley, the 2012 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard boasts off-the-charts richness along with classic notes of blackberries, blueberries, camphor and spring flowers. The colossal concentration, massive extract, surprisingly sweet tannin and high alcohol (15.4%) suggest it should age effortlessly for 20+ years. (RP)  (12/2013)

94-96 points Vinous

 The 2012 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard, from one of the very best Petite sites in Napa Valley, bursts from the glass with heady red fruits, flowers, spices, licorice, mint and raspberry jam. Carlisle's Petite emerges from one of the oldest section in the vineyard planted with head-trained vines. (AG)  (2/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining purple. Explosive dark berry liqueur, violet and licorice scents are accented by a spicy nuance and a hint of black pepper. Full-bodied and supple in texture, with unlikely vivacity to its deep blackcurrant and blueberry flavors. Really stains the palate and finishes sweet, gently tannic and long, with repeating floral character. Mike Officer said that he thinks this wine 'tastes like black, if a color could have flavor.' (JR)  (5/2014)

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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.