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WINE REVIEW: Stags’ Leap Winery 2017 Petite Sirah, Napa, CA ($37)

by Andrew Chalk

Petite sirah, the American synonym for what started out as the lowly Rhône blending grape, Durif, continues to establish itself as a first class varietal in the USA. Petite sirah stars in California, Washington, Texas and elsewhere as an alternative to other full-bodied reds.

The reason is wines like this one that present this grape of humble origins as refined, subtle, distinctive and enjoyable. Excellent to consume now with its namesake venison, lamb, game. or other red meat. Or keep it for 5-10 years for a softer, and maybe more resolved, drinking experience. Also, note the placement of the apostrophe in the name. More than one stag made the leap.

Appearance: Dead-of-night opacity with a deep purple hue;

Nose: Briary blackberry notes, cigar box wood;

Taste: Blackberry, powerful fruit with grippy tannins that coats the mouth;


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