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This almost jet black Petite Sirah from a top Stags’ Leap winery is a blissful pleasure to sip. It almost makes you overlook that the bottle is apparently mislabeled.
|Photo by Toledo Wines and Vines|
We’ll forgive the winery the apparent mislabeling because several glasses will make you forget all about it. I picked this bottle up at a wine dinner for $28.
While Syrah can be rugged and earthy, the Petite Sirah is sumptuous on the palate with lush blueberry and blackberry. The grapes are a 1920s-era field blend, which also includes small amounts of other Rhône varietals including Syrah (8%), Grenache (4%) and Viognier (2%).
The vines are 30-years old and come from vineyards located in front of the Manor House on the estate’s deep, rocky soils (and some other partner growers in Napa). Blockbuster wines like this have made Stags’ Leap synonymous with Petite Sirah.
This wine makes crossing over to the “dark side” a pleasurable experience.
Rating: 4 of 5 Value: 4 of 5