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2020 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
ALISOS CANYON AVA | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Each year the Petite Sirah is our darkest and most powerful wine, and the 2020 is no exception. Inky, with black fruit upfront, also showing notes of lavender and chocolate. With a silky, full texture, this wine has appeal in its youth, but also possesses the structure to age well into a decade.
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points ~ This cuvée always delivers, and the 2020 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is no exception, with tons of smoky black fruits and chocolate notes, full-bodied richness, a round, lush, powerful texture, and a great finish. If you have an itch for powerful, unctuous, yet balanced Petite Sirah, this will scratch it. — Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Enthusiast 93 points Editors' Choice ~ Petite Sirah is still a rare grape in Santa Barbara County, but each vintage this bottling makes one wonder why. Soft tones of blueberry compote mix with pepper, crushed rock, and dark woodspice on the nose. There's an oaky kick to the palate, where baked blueberry and black-plum-juice flavors are lifted by baking spice. — Matt Kettmann
Vinous 91 points ~ The 2020 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is an inky, plush wine. Aging in American oak adds cola-like sweetness. Dark, inky, lavendar and chocolate. The Petite sticks out a bit in this range, but is nicely done. The decision to extend barrel aging to 18 months appears to have been a good one. Drinking window 2023-2030. — Antonio Galloni
2019 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
Jeb Dunnuck 92 points ~ The 2019 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard (100% varietal) comes from a great site in Alisos Canyon and was brought up in American oak. This deep purple effort boasts loads of black and blue fruits, candied violets, vanilla oak, and peppery herb aromatics to go with a full-bodied, mouth-filling, nicely textured, yet still straight and structured style on the palate. It's a nearly perfect steakhouse red and should have a decade of longevity, although there's no need to delay gratification. Maturity 2021-2031. — Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Enthusiast 93 points Editors' Choice ~ One of the few Petite Sirahs from Santa Barbara County, this bottling always shows an intriguing cool-climate kick, starting with intensely floral aromas of violet, cassis, and blueberry ice cream. The palate shows those floral tones even more powerfully than the nose, loaded with black fruit, lavender, more violet, and a pinch of pepper spice. — Matt Kettman
Vinous 93 points ~ The 2019 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is an inky, deep, full throttle wine. A touch of American oak works well with the natural richness of the Petit fruit. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, mint, lavender, chocolate, spice, and lavender linger. Drinking window 2023-2031. — Antonio Galloni
2018 Petite Sirah, Thompson Vineyard
Jeb Dunnuck 92 points ~ A year-in, year-out smoking value, the 2018 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard reveals a deep purple color as well as a big nose of blueberries, bouquet garni, chocolate, and gravelly earth. Rich, full-bodied, and packed with fruit, it still has good acidity, terrific balance, and a great finish. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 93 points ~ The 2018 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is deep, inky and extravagant. Unctuous fruit dominates over nuance and varietal character, but I am not sure how much that truly matters, as the 2018 offers tremendous appeal. The typically incisive young Petite tannins are pretty tamed here, and that just allows the up-front boldness of the fruit to come through loud and clear. Drinking window 2022-2030. — Antonio Galloni