Quivira wines celebrate the terroir of their Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyards with native yeast fermentations and gentle winemaking. The result here is an opaque wine with ruby color and a nose that’s fruit-driven but displays a range of Petite Sirah’s trademark aromas: blackberry, black cherry, chocolate, spice, sweet oak, dark flowers and leather. The palate is zesty, with flavors of dark berries, cherry, spice and oak. Body is medium-plus with matching light-grained tannins. Drink now through 2017. 100% Petite Sirah. Aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels, less than 25% new. 297 cases. 14.7% alcohol. 90 points
Petite Sirah has long been a not-so-secret ingredient of Ridge Vineyards’ outstanding Zinfandels. What many people don’t know is that Ridge has also been releasing wonderful, age-worthy Petite Sirah varietal wines since 1971. The 2011 Ridge Petite Sirah is rich, tasty and ready-to-drink, with deep aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry, sweet spice, vanilla cream, dusty earth and a light zest of Meyer lemon. The palate is full-bodied but mouthwatering. The tannins are a mix of fine-grained and talc. Flavors mirror the palate with black cherry, dark berries, sweet spice, vanilla cream and licorice. Rich fruit and moderate alcohol make this a good match for grilled meat with spicy rubs or sauces. Drink through 2019. 100% Petite Sirah. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 14 months in American oak. 1,000 cases. 13.5% alcohol. 90 points
Extended oak aging makes this medium-bodied Petite Sirah relatively smooth on the palate with tannins of light talc. The opaque, purple-black wine offers black fruit, blueberry, pepper, allspice and oak on the nose. A sip delivers warm, dark berry fruit, pepper, allspice, chocolate and cherry pipe tobacco. A concentrated wine that carries itself lightly and retains noticeable acidity. A good choice for grilled pork loin or chicken. Drink now through 2017. Aged 25 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 80% new. 400 cases, sold only at the winery. 15% alcohol. 90 points
The winery now know as Stags’ Leap Winery, not to be confused with Stags Leap Wine Cellars, was first established in 1893. The Ne Cede Malis mixed-black vineyard block dominated by Petite Sirah and established in 1929 remains, as seen in the winery’s blending approach. Petite Sirah production volume is enhanced by six additional dedicated blocks planted 12 - 15 years ago and fruit from up and down the valley is included for additional complexity. Opaque ruby with delightful aromas of creamy black fruit, earthy spice and violets. Nearly full-bodied in the mouth with plenty of chalky tannins providing structure for rich black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and white pepper. Long finish. 80% Petite Sirah, 20% other (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre). Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. 14.1% alcohol. 91+ points
Opaque ruby with delectably savory aromas of white pepper, spice, espresso, black fruit and violets. Nearly full-bodied like the 2009, but the chalky and light-grained tannins are just a bit softer. The black cherry, black fruit, white pepper and raspberry flavors linger nicely. 77% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 2% Carignane, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. 14.1% alcohol. 91+ points
Vina Robles consistently produces some of Paso Robles’ best Petite Sirah. The current estate blend is opaque purple-black in the glass and exudes crushed blackberry, huckleberry pie, dark spice, oak and vanilla. The body and light-grained, slightly drying tannins are medium-plus. That texture and the flavors of bold black fruit, dark spice, leather and white pepper will match perfectly with grilled rib-eye steak. If you forego the meat, decant for 30 minutes. Drink now through 2018. 78% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. 15% alcohol. 3,352 cases. 89 points