Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stanton Saint Helena Petite Sirah 2007

Now this fits the category of big, dark and delicious.  This wine is made by Dave Phinney, who you may know better from his Orin Swift wine label.   The Stanton family has been growing grapes since 1947, but did not produce their first wine until 1999. All of their grapes prior to this time were sold to other winemakers including Caymus and Duckhorn.  This 2007 Petite Sirah is a 100% varietal that was grown exclusively on the Stanton Estate Vineyard in St. Helena, Napa Valley.    This dark inky colored wine hits you right out of the bottle with a BIG aroma of black fruits, along with black pepper and a hint of toasted oak.  The flavors were just as bold with the layers of black fruits, along with a tad of sweetness from black currants, some nice spiciness, and a piece of dark chocolate on the back end.  For such a big and young wine, the tannins were relatively smooth.  However, I would recommend decanting this wine for at least an hour. Better yet, if you can hold off, I would put this Petite Sirah in the cellar and check back in another 5-7 years.   These grapes came from vey young (6 year old) vines and were aged for 20 months in American and French oak barrels.  This will pair well with filets with a peppercorn crust or some gamey meats.  We served it with a spicy goulash with Hungarian paprika and it hit the spot.  The 2007 Stanton Petite Sirah retails for $45, which is at the high end of the range for Petite Sirahs.   Thank you Doug for your generous gift and introduction to your wines.  We look forward to trying the rest of your wines and spreading the word.  Cheers to Dave Phinney!!!  This was a small production of only 300 cases so get them while they last.

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