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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2000
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2000
(search item no. 59325)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

There's nothing petite about this wine! Inky dark and delicious, this Petite Sirah from one of Napa Valley's most famous wineries combines ageability and value.

Howevever, Petite Syrah is a more delicate wine than its color or flavor intensity would imply," says winemaker Robert Brittan. From the outset, the grapes that become a part of this wine are handled with extreme care - handpicked, transported the short distance to the winery in small bins, and fermented in small batches at moderately warm temperatures. "You want to extract enough tannin to give the wine structure, but you don't want to overdo it; if you don't remove the skins at just the right time, you can easily create a monster."

The final wine, with 79% Petite Syrah, 15% Syrah, 3% Carignane, 2% Viognier and 1% Grenache, gives off big aromas of blackberry, mocha, forest floor and truffles. These aromatics are echoed in the mouth and woven with flavors of blackberry syrup, orange marmalade and cola. A thick, creamy mouthfeel finishes long with a sensation of bitter chocolate.

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About Stags' Leap Winery:

A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.