"The 2010 Petite Sirah is brilliant. Black cherries, licorice, and menthol jump from the glass in this perfumed, delineated wine. The 2010 is fresh, vibrant, and totally beautiful. Here too, the aromas and flavors are precise but also quite primary. The balance of fruit and the typically hard Petite Sirah tannins is once again exceptional. Hints of tar, game and licorice start to make an appearance on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
The Wine Advocate, Issue 204, Page 38Score: 94

In The Vineyard: Snakes and Rain

We have always kept cats. Until recently, we've had 5 battle-worn, tough cats who patrol the vineyard and keep down the gophers, mice and moles. Without the little rodents, the rattlesnakes have little to hunt and tend not to hang around. But, in the last couple of years the coyotes have taken 4 of our cats. Not coincidentally, we've seen more snakes. In fact, when a crew was thinning the fruit in our head-trained vines, twice on the same day they pushed their arms into a vine where a rattlesnake was hunting for birds' nests. Imagine the shock! We're in the market for more cats...

2011 has been an unusually challenging year in the vineyard. Cold and late rain persisted through the first week in June. Typically, the clusters bloom just about that time. And, each delicate flower requires about 10 days of gentle conditions to move from a flower to a self-pollinated, tiny grape. Many of the Cabernet vineyards in the valley had moved to bloom the previous week, and many of those vineyards experienced strong "shatter" (failure of the flower to "set" a grape). Friends are bemoaning losses of 20 - 50% of their crops. In this respect, we at Palisades Vineyard were very fortunate... our bloom took place literally starting the day after the last rain.

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