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Date Printed: 4/24/2015
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2004
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2004
(search item no. 91047)
collectible wine

PRICE ON 4/24/2015: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
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:

Blend: 78% Petite Syrah, 15% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 1% Viognier, 1% Carignane, 1% Mourvedre

Petite Syrah has long been a part of the history of Stags' Leap Winery. The 70-year-old vineyards located in front of the Manor House on the estate's deep, rock soils, contribute to this blend, together with fruit from established Petite Syrah growers throughout Napa Valley. Each year, Winemaker Kevin Morrisey creates a wine that reflects the property's ongoing commitment to this varietal by combining this diversity into a classic and complex blend.

The rich aromatics of the 2004 Petite Syrah include ripe black fruit, black currants, cocoa and hints of vanilla. On the palate, blackberry, black plums integrate with back notes of maple syrup, creme brulee, and hints of earth, to introduce a very full and voluptuous mouthfeel. With classic Petite Syrah tannin structure, this wine finishes with a long, chewy bitter-chocolate finish.

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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.