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Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard 2015

Carlisle Winery

Man, has this vineyard ever been on a roll! Just one killer Pet after the next. Head pruned and dry farmed, this vineyard is a throwback to the original Napa Valley, long before Cabernet Sauvignon dominated the landscape. And good news! In the past, we typically only had 110 cases or so of this wine and could only offer it to a small fraction of the mailing list. Not anymore! After the 2013 harvest, another winery that had been taking one of the best blocks decided not to renew their contract. When we were offered the block, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. As a result, it’s Pet aplenty! Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Vineyard designation:
Palisades Vineyard
Vintage:
2015
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
Petite Sirah
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
93

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Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15.7
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
580

Reviews

  • "91-94 points. Another monster in the making is the 2015 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (15.7% alcohol, 580 cases). This is no ordinary Petite Sirah, but then, few are. Nearly black as a moonless night, the wine’s aromatics soar from the glass, offering up floral notes intermixed with blackberry, incense, blueberry liqueur, graphite and licorice. Huge intensity of flavor, sweet but noticeable tannins, low acidity, but fabulous richness, and a broad, almost endless finish characterize this Petite Sirah that should age well for 30-50 or more years." (Robert Parker)
  • "91-94 points. The 2015 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard is quite powerful and intense, with good balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. The flavor profile is distinctly red-toned, which is unusual for this site, where the wines have typically been darker and more brooding. At the same time, the tannins are remarkably civilized for young Petite." (vinous)

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