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.
Oakville, in Napa Valley, California, is home to Turnbull Wine Cellars. Turnbull produces two white wines and a number of red wines. The reds are primarily blends, utilizing many of the seven different varietals grown in their vineyards.
The 2008 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon was 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 20 months. The ABV was 14.5%. There were 6600 cases of this vintage produced.
I found this wine on the list at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, New Jersey. The restaurant’s wine list is predominantly California offerings (at one point it was exclusively California) with a very wide range of prices.
As I had not previously tasted Turnbull, I decided to give it a try.
Shafer Vineyards, based in Napa, California, produces four red wines and one Chardonnay. The reds include two Cabernet Sauvignons, a Merlot, and a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend.
The 2008 Shafer Relentless was 75% Syrah and 25% Petite Sirah. The wine was aged for 30 months in new French oak barrels. The label was listed ABV was 15.6%.
As I had become more acquainted with Syrah and Petite Sirah, a friend mentioned Relentless to me. He asked if I had sampled the wine as
it had received a 96 rating from Wine Spectator he had heard it was good and he wanted to taste it was interested in my astute opinion on the vintage.
I managed to acquire several bottles of the aforementioned wine. After tasting the wine, I can say with certainty I should have bought more.
Robert Biale Vineyards produces Zinfandels, Petite Sirahs, Syrahs, and various blends of all out of Napa Valley, California.
The name Royal Punishers is an anagram for the parents of Petite Sirah. The father being Syrah, and the mother, being Peloursin.
The 2009 Royal Punishers was 100% Petite Sirah. The wine was aged in French oak (20% new) for 14 months and carried an ABV of 15.7% (hefty!). The winery produced a total of 325 cases of this vintage.
It is not secret I am a fan of many Biale wines. We can now add Royal Punishers to that list.
Robert Biale Vineyards, based in Napa, California, produces Petite Sirahs, Petite and Syrah blends, superb Zinfandels, and blends of all these varietals.
Like Father Like Son is a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah with roughly 7% Zinfandel added to the mix.
The end result is a very, nice bottle of wine.
A nice Petite Sirah out of Napa Valley.
This is a big, bold wine. It definitely needs food to accompany it. I first had it several months ago with a dry aged steak and it paired beautifully. It will go great with any steak/hearty beef dish. Chicken or pasta probably won’t hold up to it. Mediterranean pork might do the trick. Tonight, it went with……meatloaf.