It was difficult to chose a favorite although the 2009 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge, Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard are the three greatest in terms of concentration, depth and potential complexity. As I have said so many times, Petite Sirah is by far the most underrated varietal in California, so it is reassuring to see how many producers continue to make remarkable wines with around 13-14% alcohol as well as 20-40+ years of aging potential. (RP)
Saturated ruby to the rim. Superb lift to the aromas of crushed blackberry, blueberry, violet, expresso and German chocolate cake. Superconcentrated, velvety and sweet but with excellent energy giving shape to the mouth-saturating flavors of dark berries, rose petal and tar. Finishes with very dense but ripe tannins and outstanding subtle lingering perfume. This could probably be enjoyed now with a piece of fatty meat but I'd still hold my bottles. The Hayne Petite Sirah previously spent about 20 days on its skins but with this vintage winemaker Tegan Passalacqua increased total maceration time to 40 days or more, but with no punchdowns of the cap. 94+? (ST)
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