Category: "Petite Sirah"

2007 Stags' Leap Winery Petite Syrah

October 3rd, 2011

Petite Syrah is a wine that has become synonymous with Stags’ Leap. The 30-year old Petite Syrah vineyards located in front of the Manor House on the estate’s deep, rocky soils form the backbone of this blend, to which we incorporate fruit from our established grower-partners throughout the Napa Valley.
-Stags' Leap Winery

This wine is awesome. Great thick and velvety texture; it is nearly a meal by itself. There is a big, punchy flavor without too much heat, spice or tannins. This is a well-crafted wine that you should find retailing around $38, so it is more affordable to maybe take to a dinner party (or buy for your favorite reviewer...ahem).

And here I thought that the Elyse Winery Petite Sirah would reign unopposed as my favorite Petite Sirah. Please don't make me choose.

2007 Elyse Petite Sirah

September 15th, 2011

I went to some amazing places on my trip to Napa Valley and Elyse Winery was a particular delight. I remember the puzzled look on the young man's face when we showed up at about 10:30am for a tasting...but hey, he was open, right? I believe we sampled all of the wines they offer and each was better than the last. Since then I have stared at this bottle of Petite Sirah at the wine shop, daring myself to spend the money (about $40) to relive that morning, even a little bit. I finally broke down. This was quickly noted to be far and away my favorite Petite Sirah. I like the varietal for its boldness and the Elyse is that boldness with a level of class I've not seen matched. I am thirsty for any challengers.

On a rare personal note, we went to Elyse Winery on the recommendation of a friend. I did not have any way to keep in touch with her and her husband after she and the company where we worked went different ways. I think she would be thrilled to know how much I still enjoy Elyse and will continue to enjoy Elyse (when I can afford it). So, thank you, Sally. I hope you and Don are well, wherever you are.