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2017 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | LOS ALAMOS VALLEY
The 2017 Petite Sirah maintains darkness, power, and purity of fruit. The cool vineyard site led to long hang time, giving us full development of flavors and ripe phenolics. Inky-purple in color, this wine is generous with dark berry fruits, licorice and jammy intensity. This Petite Sirah should age for some time. However, ample primary fruit and silky tannins allow for early enjoyment.
Inky purple-black in color, the 2017 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard gives up pretty blue flowers and blueberry candy notes to begin, with loads of exotic spice over bramble berry preserves and baked blackberries. Full and absolutely luscious on the palate, it fills the mouth with spicy fruit layers, with firm but approachable tannins and good freshness, finishing very long. Yum! Drink date 2020-2030. — Erin Brooks
2016 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
No one could mistake the 2016 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard from Jaffurs for anything but a Petite Sirah, but it's also remarkably elegant, wafting from the glass with aromas of plum preserve, tar, inky black fruits and licorice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and velvety, with good concentration and sappy fruit, deep and richly tannic without ever becoming overbearing. Maturity 2018-2026. — William Kelley
The team at Jaffurs always makes a rocking Petite Sirah and the 2016 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is no exception. Black fruits, charcoal, camphor, and graphite notes all emerge from this big, opulent, balanced red that has sweet tannin, tons of fruit and a great finish. It's a perfect steak house wine and should keep for 7-8 years, probably longer. Maturity 2018-2026. — Jeb Dunnuck
If cool-climate Petite Sirah ever becomes a trend, this bottling will lead the pack. Aromas of cracked pepper, tar and hearty black plum lead into a palate where boysenberry is lifted by white pepper, thyme and rosemary. It's zesty and fascinating. — Matt Kettmann
2015 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
Lilac and olallieberry notes are enhanced by tobacco spice and white pepper on the nose of this rare Petite Sirah bottling from Santa Barbara County. Juicy and rich on the palate, it shows blackberry and blueberry fruit, accented with lavender and anchored with sticky tannins. The finish is marked by char and menthol.
The 2015 Petite Sirah (brought up in French and a tiny portion of American oak) is another terrific vintage and offers classic black (and some blue) fruits, licorice, graphite and charcoal notes, full-bodied richness, good acidity and a clean finish. It's a perfect steak wine.
The 2015 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is fabulous. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, mint, lavender and blood orange give the wine its exotic, intensely aromatic profile. This is a beautiful, unctuous wine. Don't miss it.