This bottling has been variable over the years, but with the ’06, Vina Robles seizes full command of Petite Sirah. Shows a classically thick, full-bodied texture, with dark currant, plum and licorice flavors edged with baker’s chocolate. Fully dry, it’s marvelous now with tri-tip, and should age for many years.
A tremendous Petite Sirah, among the finest from Paso Robles. It’s a big wine, with massive flavors of blackberries, currants, leather, mocha and smoky oak, with an ultralong, spicy finish. Yet the wine is totally dry, with refined, silky tannins. Yes, the alcohol’s high, but it’s completely balanced. Best now and through the next decade.
This is Pet in all its full-bodied glory. It’s a dark, rich wine, stuffed with enormous plum, black currant, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors that finish absolutely dry. Despite the size, it achieves balance and harmony. This is one of the best Petite Sirahs I’ve had this year. Good now, and should hold for at least a decade.
A fine, dry Sauvignon Blanc, dry and crisp in acidity, with flavors of lemons and limes, figs, vanilla, honeysuckle and a nice tangy streak of lemongrass. No oak was applied, but the richness of lees shows in the buttercream.
With no oak influence, this Sauvignon Blanc was cool-fermented, preserving fresh fruit, and it did not undergo malolactic fermentation, so that the acidity is brisk. It was aged on the lees. That is a great formula for keeping prices low while crafting a wine of creamy interest. With citrus, lemongrass, melon, fig and vanilla flavors, it’s a stunning buy for this price.
Finely ground, thick tannins surround this young Petite Sirah. It’s very fruity and rich, offering a blast of blackberry and cherry marmalade, licorice, bacon and black pepper flavors. Could be a little drier, as it’s sugary sweet and glyceriney.
A rich, balanced and lovely Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, it’s clean and crisp, with vibrant flavors of lemons, limes, vanilla, honeysuckle and spice. Sur lies aging adds a desirable texture of cream.
Classic warm country Petite Sirah, this is soft, dense and full-bodied, almost heavy in dark stone fruit, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, mu-shu sauce, soy and spicy, peppery flavors. A bit of a brute in its youth, it should hold well for 10 years.