Robert Foley Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2006

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For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be confused with Syrah…Petite Sirah was originally discovered by a French botanist Francois Durif, working at the Montpellier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this variety growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif. Unfortunately, the tight clusters were prone to bunch rot and the wines that were produced were considered too big and tannic for the French palate and the variety was eliminated and is no longer found in France. It did make its way to California and other parts of the world where it is known as Petite Sirah. There is nothing “petite” about it, even the berries are very large and the wines can be enormous. The key to user friendliness is patience to allow the seeds to ripen, allowing the tannins to relax. Through genetics it was determined that this variety was the result of pollination of a Peloursin flower with Syrah pollen. With Petite Sirah mountain and valley floor vineyards producing remarkably different character in recent vintages, we just had to celebrate these different personalities and share them with our friends.

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Robert Foley Winery:
Robert Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including the famous Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding wine maker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled... Read more
Robert Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including the famous Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding wine maker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled their first Claret, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and over the last 10 years have expanded and diversified their own production. Bob’s reputation for producing very expressive wines which finish gracefully continues to develop at the new winery facility on the summit of Napa County’s Howell Mountain. Bob and wife and Business Manager Kelly Kehoe house over 1000 barrels in an extensive cave system which they completed in summer of 2008 for the production of Robert Foley wines. When Bob's not making wine he spends quality time with his wife Kelly, his children, and his new grand daughter. You can also find Bob at jammin' at venues across the county with his rock and roll group, The Robert Foley Band Read less

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/28/2010

A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2006 Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah Pepperland 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2006 Petite Sirah Muscleman's blue/black color is accompanied by a sweet nose of blueberries, blackberries, and background oak. Thick, juicy, rich, and highly extracted, with no bitterness, this enormously endowed Petite Sirah requires 5-6 years ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2006 Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah Muscleman 750ml



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For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be confused with Syrah…Petite Sirah was originally discovered by a French botanist Francois Durif, working at the Montpellier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this variety growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif. Unfortunately, the tight clusters were prone to bunch rot and the wines that were produced were considered too big and tannic for the French palate and the variety was eliminated and is no longer found in France. It did make its way to California and other parts of the world where it is known as Petite Sirah. There is nothing “petite” about it, even the berries are very large and the wines can be enormous. The key to user friendliness is patience to allow the seeds to ripen, allowing the tannins to relax. Through genetics it was determined that this variety was the result of pollination of a Peloursin flower with Syrah pollen. With Petite Sirah mountain and valley floor vineyards producing remarkably different character in recent vintages, we just had to celebrate these different personalities and share them with our friends.

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