Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Napa Valley Peterson Family Vineyard 2008
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The monster 2007 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard is a massively concentrated, huge, tannic wine that needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep 20 years. It will be another legend for Petite Sirah, but unless you are a patient connoisseur, few people will ever get to see it at its best.
Readers looking for a massive, black, foreboding wine (which you might consider scary if you are against highly extracted, super-rich wines) should check out the 2008 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard. It exhibits a black/purple color and smells like blood from a vine with notes of graphite, camphor, blackberry and blueberry liqueur. Viscous and thick with over the top richness and wonderfully sweet tannins, this is an extraordinary, profound Petite Sirah to drink over the next 25 years. This tiny producer consistently fashions excellent wines (Bob Foley is the winemaking force behind these efforts).
Dark and immense, with a lively medley of black cherry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors that are rich and vivid, offering a purity of fruit along with depth and concentration, ending with a complex and well-integrated aftertaste. Drink now through 2012.
A spectacular Petite Sirah from Switchback Ridge, this 2002 boasts an impenetrable blue/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of black fruits, white chocolate, pepper, minerals, and a hint of espresso. Opulent, with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and wood, this remarkably civilized Petite Sirah is crammed with rich fruit as well as burgeoning complexity. This beauty can be enjoyed for its extravagant fruit, but promises to evolve for 15 or more years.
Bold and assertive, with crushed berry, black pepper, wild berry and leathery overtones, it's a mouthful to be sure, with dense, rich tannins and a long, complex finish. Drink now through 2010.
One of the most extraordinary Petite Sirahs I have ever tasted, this offering, fashioned by Pride Mountain's winemaker, Bob Foley, boasts a saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of lilacs, graphite, creme de cassis, blackberries, and scorched earth. It is viscous, layered, and thick, with a tremendous wealth of fruit and glycerin concealing what must be lofty tannin. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.