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Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah Yolo County Reserve 2005

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wonderfuly vinous and spicy with a licorice tone and a touch of VA adding lift. The fruit has a slightly tropical tone and nicely integrated oak and mocha notes with a really fine cherry backdrop and a hint of beach sand. Bright and super juicy with black grapey and plum fruit that is rich yet light on the palate. Modest tannins add some body here and there is a lovely toasted sunflower seed tone in the background. Finishes with spicy freshness and a bit of peachy fruit. Lots of fun. 90pts

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Color: Red
Varietal: Petite Sirah
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Berryessa Gap Vineyards:
Over 30 years ago Ernest (Ernie) Peninou founded a root stock nursery in Winters. Ernie, who lived in San Francisco, partnered with local grower Dan Martinez to grow and sell root stock to wineries in neighboring Napa and Sonoma County. In 2000, Daniel R. Martinez, son of Dan Martinez Sr., and Santiago Moreno, long-time foreman for Martinez Orchards partnered to plant vines and form Berryessa ... Read more
Over 30 years ago Ernest (Ernie) Peninou founded a root stock nursery in Winters. Ernie, who lived in San Francisco, partnered with local grower Dan Martinez to grow and sell root stock to wineries in neighboring Napa and Sonoma County. In 2000, Daniel R. Martinez, son of Dan Martinez Sr., and Santiago Moreno, long-time foreman for Martinez Orchards partnered to plant vines and form Berryessa Gap Vineyards. They were joined by winemaker Mike Anderson, nephew of Ernie Peninou. Dan, Santiago and Mike Anderson have been friends since the early 1970’s. They were all involved in the nursery business founded by Ernie who deserves indirect credit for the birth of our winery. Today the nursery is operated as Martinez Orchards. The nursery allowed Dan, Mike and Santiago to experiment and make home wines from many grape varieties. What Berryessa Gap serves and sells now is their favorites. Experiments continue and as time goes on there might be more grape varietals grown and more wines to try! Read less

Editorial Reviews for Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah Yolo County Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.00 5
05/01/2009

Wonderfuly vinous and spicy with a licorice tone and a touch of VA adding lift. The fruit has a slightly tropical tone and nicely integrated oak and mocha notes with a really fine cherry backdrop and a hint of beach sand. Bright and super juicy with black grapey and plum fruit that is rich yet light on the palate. Modest tannins add some body here and there is a lovely toasted sunflower seed tone in the background. Finishes with spicy freshness and a bit of peachy fruit. Lots of fun. 90pts


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4.00 5
08/18/2009

Deep ripe blackberry and black pepper nose with an extremely juicy aroma. Palate is beautifully spicy, with loads of blackberry fruit and leather, finishes rough and raw and covered with tar.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,533
3.00 5
08/18/2009

A bit of banana and walnuts, laden with paprika. Kind of spicy and tannic on the attack, makes for a very enjoyable gulp. Couldn't drink a lot of it though.



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