2013 Retro Cellars (Dunn) "Elevation" Howell Mountain Petite Sirah (Elsewhere $50+)

SKU #1517499 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple, the 2013 Petite Sirah Elevation is a little closed to begin, giving way to beautifully expressive sandalwood, Indian spices and dried roses notes over a core of preserved plums, blueberry pie and Black Forest cake with a waft of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it has a taut yet immediately accessible structure of firm tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Petite Sirah (Howell Mountain) is another gorgeous wine from Mike and Kara Dunn. There is plenty of Howell Mountain density, plushness and structure, while the hefty Petite tannins have been somewhat domesticated. A host of game, smoke, tobacco and licorice overtones are woven throughout this super-expressive, intriguing Petite. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2022 | Send Email
We don't do many Petite Sirah offers but this one is a doozy! A tiny production wine from Mike and Kara Dunn (yes that Dunn) sourced from century old vines high on Howell Mountain. Retro Cellars is the Dunn family's label for non-Cabernet based wines and shares the same pedigree, power, ageability and unique mountain expression as the iconic sister label. Luckily for us Petite Sirah doesn't command the same high price point as Howell Mountain Cabernet so we can get our hands on this beast of a wine for under $40! Yep, 2013, perfectly aged, straight from the library, and packed with brambly, briary, dark-fruit, and crushed rock. This bold and brooding Petite Sirah hails from the historic Park Muscatine Vineyard planted in the 1890s at 2000ft elevation on the top of Howell Mountain. Whilst still rich and full bodied, the grape's notoriously big tannins have mellowed beautifully with 8 years in bottle and some very attractive cedary, tobacco notes have started to develop. This wine is drinking perfectly right now but still has a proven core of structure to age another 10-15 years in the cellar, maybe more. This is a stunning bottle of wine, from a great vintage and an absolute steal at our special Insider's Advantage price!
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By: Michael Benoit | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2022 | Send Email
This beautiful Petite Sirah from Mike and Kara Dunn (of Dunn Vineyards fame) is incredibly beguiling from start to finish. Its beautiful nose, rich with brambly dark berries, menthol, and exotic spices drew me in immediately. On the palate the wine is rich and lush, with deep plum flavors accented with notes of cracked pepper and game. Nearly nine years after harvest this wine is showing beautifully, and would make an outstanding pairing with grilled lamb chops. This is a great opportunity to take home a perfectly aged Howell Mountain Petite Sirah at a killer price point.

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