WINE REVIEW: Stags’ Leap 2018 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, CA ($47)
by Andrew Chalk
From the winery “Petite Sirah is a variety that is enhanced by the deliberate diversity of our vineyard sites. Grapes from the vineyards located on our estate's deep, rocky soils make up the backbone of this Napa Valley Petite Sirah. Carefully selected fruit from both northern vineyards in Calistoga and St. Helena and southern vineyards in Oakville, Oak Knoll and Coombsville are added to intensify and broaden the wine's profile to include floral, spice and fruit characteristics.”
Appearance: Paradigmatic inky monster in ruby. Virtually unaltered until within a couple of millimetres of the rim.
Nose: Blackberry, French oak, backed by a herbal wall of complex aromas, baking spices;
Palate: Deeply expressive fruit (blackcurrant), medium acid, chewy soft tannins.