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2012 Petite Sirah

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Petite Sirah
Aging: 40 months in 100% new French oak
Cases produced: 300
Price $50

“The 2012 shows the lush complexity and character Petite Sirah can offer. The aromas and flavors of this liquid feast are black plum, smoke, baked pear, grilled meat, leather, freshly ground espresso beans, cinnamon, and a juicy core combined with a tannin structure that gives enormous promise for anyone who holds this in the cellar for a long time.” — Elias Fernandez, winemaker

Petite Sirah has a long history in Napa Valley. We first became acquainted with it in the 1970s as a homemade wine that local grape growers made and stored in their barns and basements. The wine can be a burly wall-of-flavor unless tamed to allow its subtler, delicious dimensions and inherent elegance emerge. Toward that end we aged this wine for nearly four years in new French oak and another year in bottle prior to its release.

“Dark red cherry, mocha, new leather, cloves and rose petal all meld together in the 2012 Petite Sirah. Winemaker Elias Fernandez has done a terrific job in taming the Petite tannins and allowing the fruit to really shine through … terrific freshness and brightness.”
— Antonio Galloni