2002 Vintage Sold Out

Rare Wine Company Weighs In:
“Old vine Petite Sirah enjoys a particular chemistry in Northern California, where it can produce wines of spectacular color, intense fruit, and brawny structure. And one of the best we’ve ever tasted is coming these days from Carver Sutro’s Palisades Vineyard. Winemaker Gary Brookman (who also makes Grace Family) shows a deft touch with the Palisades Petite Sirah, producing a wine that despite its enormous size and power, has great complexity and a luxurious testure. The nose is particularly magical, its meaty essence recalling Northern Rhone Syrah.”

Robert Parker’s score: 92+

“This small Petite Sirah specialist knows how to push the envelope on this underrated, long-lived varietal. Made from 35-75 year old vines, the dense purple-hued 2002 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard saw about 32% new French oak. Typical of this varietal, it is muscular, rich, incredibly deep but well balanced effort with sweet tannin, loads of violet-tinged bluleberry and boysenberry fruit, and hints of pepper as well as minerals. Full bodied, fruit driven and enormous, it probably will not hit its prime for 7 to 8 years. It should last for 2 decades.
--The Wine Advocate
Issue 62, page 42



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