2008 Delectus Cuvee Julia

Had my first opportunity to try the 2008 Delectus Cuvee Julia last night. While still a bit young this is a huge wine that will continue to get better with a little patience. Opened and decanted for about an hour.  BiDelectus Duvee Julia 2008g currant and ripe blackberry with a hint of earthiness. Still a little tannic on the long finish so it needs a bit more time.  While it’s drinking well now, another year and it will be good to go. This is the first vintage that includes fruit from the Delectus Estate in Knights Valley. It is made with 50% Napa Valley fruit and 50% Knights Valley fruit. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Merlot.

2007 Robert Foley Griffin (Napa Valley)

Very dark purple color. The nose was faint but had hints of toasty oak and red fruit. Flavors of sweet cherry, black currant and smoke. The fruit for this wine comes from the Howell Mountain area of the Napa Valley. It’s a “kitchen sink” type of blend which is a good thing in this case because it allows the winemaker (Bob Foley) the freedom to blend without the  boundaries associated with varietal guidelines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Charbono and Petite Sirah are all in the mix. Great QPR at $32.00.  For years Robert Foley was the winemaker at Pride and now out on his own.

2007 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma

Abundant aromas of wild berry and spice. In the mouth the wild berry continues and adds tart cherry, a nutty flavor and a hit of spice and tannin that firm up on the finish. Really stands up to hot and spicy food. Needs a little more time in the bottle.  A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 3% Carignane. The grapes are sourced from nine different vineyards throughout Sonoma County. The Three Valleys in the name refer to the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. The wine is aged in 100% American oak barrels for nine months.

2004 Delectus Cuvée Julia Napa

2004_JuilaI reached into the back of the cellar and found this terrific red wine blend from the 2004 vintage. Deep, dark purple in color. The nose gave hints of currant, esprasso, and damp earth. The mouth feel was velvety, with currant, black cherry, and cedar flavors bursting forth. Extremely complex and well put together. It’s a fruit foward blend that workes very well together. Outstanding still. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Merlot.

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2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley

orin_swift_theprisonerAromas of white pepper and black fruit fill the glass.  Flavors of wild blackberry, currant, licorice, and blueberry lead the way in this fruit forward wine. Plenty of spice and lingering tannins on the finish. Well structured and, despite the fact that it clocks in at 15.2% alcohol, it’s easy to drink. The Prisoner is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache all sourced from the Napa Valley.

2007 Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit

btpet_sMichael and David Vineyards have a good time making wine. It’s obvious they are serious about what they do but don’t take themselves to seriously. Why else would they produce a wine called Petite Petit? Even the label is fun. Dark purple in color. The nose has notes of purple flowers and spiced plum stew. Big and bold flavors of plumb, black berry and currant also hit the plate with guns a blazing. Fun and easy to drink. This red wine is  blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot fruit from Lodi. Aged 14 months in French oak.

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2006 Delectus Cuvée Julia (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Very dark purplCuvee Juila_2006e all the way to the rim. The aromas are a wonderful mix of black currant, cherry and vanilla. Across the palate the fruit really shines with black cherry, plumb stew, and blackberry. There is a lot going on but everything in it’s place and working very well together. The tannins are fine grained and work well with the rest of the experience. The Cuvee is the best of the barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot in the Delectus lots. If you enjoy the ripe expression of these varietals without drifting into overblown, you will enjoy this wine. Outstanding.

2006 David Bruce Petite Sirah Central Coast (USA, California, Central Coast)

bruce_2006_petiteDark purple in color. The nose is mostly oak and leather. On the palate, what fruit there is is muted and consists of blackberry and a touch of black pepper spice. The tannins are gripping and linger. Although not high in alcohol, because the fruit is so muted the alcohol gets in the way which is surprising for this producer. David Bruce usually produces very good Petite Sirah wines. This one disappoints.

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2005 Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Pickett Road Vineyard (Napa Valley)

Dark as night purple. A good candidate for the blue teeth club. The nose gives a nice mix of chocolate, currant and black pepper. The fruit is very forward with chocolate covered  dark cherries leading the way then currant and a slight citrus hit at the end of the finish. Not quite what I would call  “classic” petite sirah style but interesting nonetheless. At $33 there are some better options at the same or better price point.

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2004 Foppiano Petite Sirah Estate Bottled Russian River Valley

Fairly closed on the nose with hints of blueberry present. The flavors are a mix of blackberry, blueberry, and plumb. The tannins are tight and grip all the way through the finish and then some. I would call this wine “rustic” in the sense that it’s a particular style of PS that is not as popular as some others in the price range, but good nonetheless.

Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 12:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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