Robert Foley Vineyards is based in the town of Angwin, in Napa County, California. While best known for its Claret, the winery has branched out into production of a full line of reds using different varietals. Recently, they have also introduced a Pinot Blanc and a Semillon.
The 2006 Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah Pepperland was 100% Petite Sirah. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The label listed ABV was 15.1%. The fruit for this wine was harvested from the rocky soil of Spring Mountain. There were approximately 500 cases of this vintage produced.
Previously, I had tasted, and enjoyed, the 2007 Robert Foley Petite Sirah and the 2008 Robert Foley Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. While shopping at a local beverage store, I came across the 2006 Robert Foley Pepperland.
Given my past success with the winery, I decided to give Pepperland a try.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for 1 1/2 hours.
The aromas from the glass were packed with powerful fruit, blackberry and blueberry were prominent. Vanilla was present as well.
As I took a sip, the first sensation was…..pepper, both black and white pepper. Then came the fruit, black fruit and blueberry. A touch of graphite rounded out the end. The pepper was strong, but it was absolutely delicious, and so well interwoven with the other flavors. It complimented, rather than overpowered. Similar to other Robert Foley wines, there was no heat whatsoever from the relatively high ABV (how does he do that?).
The wine’s finish was very long, and full of pepper and blueberry.
My meal for this wine consisted of a simple garden salad, followed by a filet mignon with baked potato and steamed carrots. Fairly strong tannins were noticeably present prior to the arrival of food. Once the steak hit the table, it cut the tannins down and the wine went down spectacularly. This is a big wine that calls for a hearty dish (a nice bowl of chili comes to mind!).
The 2006 Robert Foley Petite Sirah Pepperland retails around $50-55. If you are a consumer of Petite Sirah, I highly recommend you give this wine a try. I plan to procure a few more bottles for myself. Now, if only the temperature were about 50 degrees cooler so I could make some chili.