Category Archives: Petite Sirah

2007 Four Vines The Heretic Petite Sirah

Very inky and extracted Petite Sirah from 90+ year old vineyard in the Paso Robles area. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blackberry, boysenberry, plum, violets, bramble, vanilla, spice box, some leather, no earth to speak to, but definite oak wrapping the fruit. On the palate, dry, big wine, lots of intensity, plum, pepper, blackberry, lots of spice, medium tannin, rich full bodied mouth feel, medium acidity, ripe new world wine with a good finish, and good balance.    

1997 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Petite Sirah

Stags_petite_sirahWow is what I have to say about this wine. It totally crushed it, and kudos to those who cellared it this long only to find its way to my palate. Inky black in color with slight brown edges. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, stewed plums, figs, blackberries, nutmeg, clove, meat, leather, some oak, and no earth to speak to, but loaded with spices. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, nice acidity, good balance, harmonious flavors overflowing with spices and stewy dark fruit. Solid finish on this interesting and thought provoking gem. Thank you table gods!    

2005 Charles Cimicky Petite Sirah Barossa

cimicky_psirah I got called off tonight, nothing all that shocking about that due to the waning economy. The first rep I called asking if there were any insane deals out there, dropped a bottle of this off. 94 points Parker at $20, 360 cases brought into the US recently, only 100 left. Intense black purple color of the highest intensity, with massive staining to the legs. On the nose, youthful, dense blackberry, blueberry, black plum, smoke, tar, pepper, not earthy, and loaded with oak, but powerful enough fruit to wear that make-up. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, med+ alcohol, blueberry compote milkshake, with liquid smoke, pepper, spice, and a moderate finish. I think this is more like a 92 but worth every penny if you like inky extracted milkshake wines with serious intensity, softened tannins, and a lot of balance for 15% alcohol.    

2004 Earthquake Petite Sirah


Super dark color, the kind that will stain your walls if you spill a glass, as I did. Blackberries and black cherries, black pepper, herbs and that briary thing, bacon, maple syrup, and a lingering vanilla on the finish. With a tasting note like that, no wonder they call it little syrah, even though it comes from a grape called Douriff in other countries.