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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2014

Member Review by calywa:

Enjoyable, rich wine. Not sure it is worth the price though.

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure... Read more
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown. n May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The tasting was the brainchild of Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant who owned an innovative wine shop and adjacent wine school in the center of Paris. Located near the offices of IBM, many of the students at L’Academie du Vin were Americans who worked in France and were anxious to learn more about wine. Spurrier was intrigued by some of the California Cabernets and Chardonnays his students brought by the shop. Curious to see how these newcomers would fare against French wines made from the same kind of grapes, he arranged a blind wine tasting in celebration of the American Bicentennial activities in Paris. The French tasters chosen for the event had impeccable professional credentials. The French wines were First and other classified-growth red Bordeaux and white Burgundies. They were matched against California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The tasting was blind, with the identities of the wines concealed and the labels revealed only after the jury of nine tasters had voted its order of preference. The unthinkable happened. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts. TIME magazine’s Paris correspondent was on hand for the tasting and broke the news. Less might have been made of the whole thing had the French tasters been other than top-notch - and had they been less disdainful toward the California selections as they tasted. The French tasters were stunned when the names of the wines were revealed. The impact of the tasting for California wines was immediate, like a vinous "shot heard round the world," as one observer put it, catapulting California wines onto the world stage by illustrating that exceptional wines could come from somewhere other than traditionally sacrosanct French terroir. The 1976 Paris tasting has been duplicated over the years, often with similar results. One of those tastings took place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. At that time bottles of the first-place wines--the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--were placed into the Museum’s collections. Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux Read less

Member Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Napa Valley

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Snooth User: calywa
9256772,504
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/16/2014

Enjoyable, rich wine. Not sure it is worth the price though.


Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,049
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/21/2014

Plum peels, blueberry, blackberry and toasty oak. Bright acidity on the front end, firm tannins on the back end. This should be really nice in a few more years.


Snooth User: puhnner
1534072,527
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/03/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: ppelkaru
118506580
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/11/2013

Solid wine for the price. Excellent quality. Let breathe for ~1hr but drink within 3 hrs after opening as it loses its smooth finish.


Snooth User: fergie2502
72551087
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/22/2013

This wine is amazing for a wine snob on a medium budget. Let it decant and watch it open up to velvety richness. I won't waste it on someone who doesn't know wine, but would be happy serving it to guests who appreciate a very good glass.


Snooth User: jtooley
137294260
2.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/01/2012

Two glasses


Snooth User: wine5101
81076313
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/31/2011

Two glasses


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External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Napa Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/04/2015

This wine’s dark plum flavor is completely dry, with savory herb notes in the background. It’s reduced when first poured, needing hours in a decanter or several years in the cellar to come around. With air, the juiciness of the fruit comes to the fore, a sleek Napa red with rich balsamic notes and earthy, plum-skin tannins. Age it to serve with slow-braised short ribs.


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Vintage: 2011 02/04/2015

There are small percentages of Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, Mourvèdre and Viognier in this Petite. Combined, they add to a greater whole of inky, coffee-mocha flavor around soft, restrained tannins. Blackberry and blueberry fruit also figure prominently, as good as your grandmother’s pies.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/11/2014

Expressive notes of cocoa powder, raspberry and lavender introduce this luscious and intensely fruity Petite Syrah. The palate follows with ripe black plum, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and brown spice wrapped around structured tannins with juicy, berry flavors on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/27/2014

Intensity, complexity, structure, and elegance are the signature descriptors of this wine. Aromas open with clove, spice and concentrated black fruit. As the wine opens, distinct blackberry notes are revealed along with balanced acidity, rounded tannins and fresh fruit flavors. Vanilla, brown sugar and subtle pepper persist at the finish with lingering juicy red fruit as well.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/22/2013

A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2010 2010 Stags Leap Winery Petite Syrah Petite Sirah 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/15/2014

Expressive notes of cocoa powder, raspberry and lavender introduce this luscious and intensely fruity Petite Sirah. The palate follows with ripe black plum, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and brown spice wrapped around structuredtannins with juicy, berry flavors on the finish. Stag's Leap Website


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/11/2012

On one of California s earliest wine estates, a unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was over a century ago.


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