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Mettler Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Lodi 2003

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The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the inaugural release of this exceptional Petite Sirah. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of this very small and unique portion of our vineyard holdings. The Lodi micro-climate is a true Mediterranean climate - excellent for growing Petite Sirah. The high daytime temperatures are tempered by Delta breezes which flow through the area in the evenings and cool down the fruit dramatically. The crop level was controlled using various viticulture techniques and was farmed with the latest biologically integrated farming system practices. This includes a reduction of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers in the vineyard; controlled deficient irrigation; and cover crops, which increase the rate of organic matter turnover, thus maintaining the structure and fertility of the soil. The Mettler 2002 Petite Sirah has a deep purple color that practically stains the glass. Beautiful aromas of boysenberries and blueberries emerge with a touch of coffee laced with Swiss chocolate. As appealing as the aromas, the flavors are a treat. Blueberry and blackberry flavors dance on the tongue, laced with high notes of spice, while the mouth-feel is jammy and full. A delightful floral characteristic enhances a smooth, lingering finish. 2003 vintage receives 90 Points and Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast: "Intense and concentrated in fruit, fully dry, and with lush, thick tannins, this Petite Sirah aims for the front of the pack and succeeds. Flavorwise, it's rich in blackberries, plum pudding, espresso and spice flavors that finish long and impressively complex. Great now, and should hold and develop over the next decade. " - S.H. (5/1/2006) THE WINE ADVOCATE rates Mettler 2003 Petite Sirah 91 POINTS! SEE FULL REVIEW

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Mettler Family Vineyards:
With their roots in the wine industry dating back to the 1770s, it’s no surprise that the Mettler Family is still growing grapes today. After migrating to the U.S. in the late 1800’s, the Mettler family migrated to California, where they knew that farming would bring success. The east side of the now famous Lodi region is where the first Mettler vineyards were planted by George Mettler which be... Read more
With their roots in the wine industry dating back to the 1770s, it’s no surprise that the Mettler Family is still growing grapes today. After migrating to the U.S. in the late 1800’s, the Mettler family migrated to California, where they knew that farming would bring success. The east side of the now famous Lodi region is where the first Mettler vineyards were planted by George Mettler which began the family's Lodi legacy. Carl Mettler, 4th generation farmer and George’s grandson, continued the family tradition and dedicated his life to farming his grandfather's land. Carl and his wife raised their family amongst their Lodi vineyards. Carl worked closely with nearby Universities and delegated several vineyard sites to experimental varieties. This experimentation helped to establish growing conditions for specific varieties in the Lodi region. Carl's dedication in the vineyard awarded him a spot in the Agricultural Hall of Fame. His integrity and love of the land is still being carried out by one of his three sons, Larry Phillip, who is also the receipient of the Agricultural Hall of Fame award and still farms the original Mettler Vineyards, along with his wife Char and their three children, Kimberly, Kelli and Adam. Read less

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Snooth User: hnykiss0505
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3.50 5
11/26/2007

Three and a half glasses



The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the inaugural release of this exceptional Petite Sirah. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of this very small and unique portion of our vineyard holdings. The Lodi micro-climate is a true Mediterranean climate - excellent for growing Petite Sirah. The high daytime temperatures are tempered by Delta breezes which flow through the area in the evenings and cool down the fruit dramatically. The crop level was controlled using various viticulture techniques and was farmed with the latest biologically integrated farming system practices. This includes a reduction of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers in the vineyard; controlled deficient irrigation; and cover crops, which increase the rate of organic matter turnover, thus maintaining the structure and fertility of the soil. The Mettler 2002 Petite Sirah has a deep purple color that practically stains the glass. Beautiful aromas of boysenberries and blueberries emerge with a touch of coffee laced with Swiss chocolate. As appealing as the aromas, the flavors are a treat. Blueberry and blackberry flavors dance on the tongue, laced with high notes of spice, while the mouth-feel is jammy and full. A delightful floral characteristic enhances a smooth, lingering finish. 2003 vintage receives 90 Points and Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast: "Intense and concentrated in fruit, fully dry, and with lush, thick tannins, this Petite Sirah aims for the front of the pack and succeeds. Flavorwise, it's rich in blackberries, plum pudding, espresso and spice flavors that finish long and impressively complex. Great now, and should hold and develop over the next decade. " - S.H. (5/1/2006) THE WINE ADVOCATE rates Mettler 2003 Petite Sirah 91 POINTS! SEE FULL REVIEW

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