Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: USA
Region: California
Appellation: Napa
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Palisades Vineyard-Calistoga, Napa Valley
Orientation: North east facing, small valley
Soil: Cobbly loam soils
Viticulture: 35-70 year old dry farmed Petite Sirah vines
Vinification: Alll destemmed, 14 days on skins in stainless steel, 21 days to finish fermentation and to settle.
Aging: 55% new French oak, medium toast
Production: 250 cases
Notes: The Palisades Vineyard is located in Calistoga in the North east corner of the Napa Valley. The site is in a small canyon that gets a constant breeze moving through the vines. Petite Sirah is very susceptable to botrytis so these breezes keep the fruit dry and healthy. This is a Grand Cru Petite Sirah site! The famous Petite Sirahs from Stags Leap came from this site and they still buy fruit today.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 91-94
The 2012 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard, which is still in barrel, reveals peppery, meaty, blackberry and blueberry fruit notes intermixed with a hint of barbecue smoke. The relatively civilized tannins are no doubt attributable to this vintage that has produced such sweet, velvety, fruit-forward wines. Nevertheless, this full-bodied, polished 2012 Petite Sirah is capable of lasting 20 years after its release later this year.