Carver-Sutro's 2006 Petite Sirah Palisade Vineyard is extraordinarily tannic and backward, making it difficult to fully evaluate. It possesses a dense purple color, but the 2006 does not appear to have the intensity of fruit, mid-palate, or length of the estate's other efforts. Time will tell, but it may be 3-4 years until we know for sure.
Denis Sutro left a successful career as a First Amendment trial lawyer to focus on wine. Sutro and his wife, Anne Carver, make some of the most unique Petite Sirahs in California. The estate's Palisades Vineyard is located in northeast Calistoga. The blocks used for the Petite Sirah were planted in 1968 and 1977, very old by Napa Valley standards. These wines are long on class and personality. Even better, they remain exceptionally well-priced considering the quality of what it is in the bottle.
Tastes heavy and tannic now, but there’s a big core of blackberries, currants, grilled meat and peppery spices, and it’s totally dry. Already throwing sediment, it could age in interesting ways over the next 6–8 years.
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