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Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard 2014

Carlisle Winery

Wowie zowie! Hands down the finest Petite Sirah we have ever produced. This wine is special. Black as night, the hi-toned aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and flowers explode from the glass. What a sniff! Full-bodied, flavors of blackberry and cassis completely saturate the palate. Plenty of tannin in the long finish but buffered by the copious fruit. Breathtaking! I enjoy Pets young for their power and fruit but this will also age well. Enjoy young with a decant or let it age until 2032. Who knows, it may even make it to 2042!

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Vineyard designation:
Palisades Vineyard
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Petite Sirah
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
96

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Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15.4
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
575

Reviews

  • "95-97 points. I’ll just briefly summarize the 2014s. It was the earliest vintage ever for Mike Officer and probably he’ll beat that early harvest record in 2015. In this case, he was finished by October 6, which was a first, and it will be interesting to see if he eclipses that in 2015, which was looking even earlier. The production levels were relatively abundant for Mike Officer and the wines fruit-forward, although softer and less reserved than some of the 2013s. While not quite as opaque in color, they are loaded with fruit, supple and luscious. The only white wine, the Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard, makes an appearance in 2014, and it’s another beauty – it’s crisp and the only wine in bottle. The other wines all stood out and will, no doubt, merit outstanding ratings across the board for their intensity, richness, and full-bodied power. If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won’t be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm." (Robert Parker)
  • "93-95 points. The 2014 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard emerges from one of the best sites for Petite in California. All the classic signatures of Palisades are in the glass; intense, dark fruit, powerful tannins and explosive sense of energy. The long, seamless finish suggests a bright future once the elements have a chance to fully come together." (vinous)

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