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Out of a 1920s era field blend block has risen a legacy of richly aromatic Petite Syrahs, voluptuous in the mouth, central to Stags’ Leaps’ commitment to Rhône varietals. In a way, the heritage vines have been the winery’s coach in learning how Petite Syrah likes to be made into wine. “Petite Syrah craves the company of other Rhône varietals,” says winemaker Kevin Morrisey. “She blossoms in their presence. The flavors, structure, and elegance express themselves with greater intensity and purity from the soft touch of cross-blending.” The winery’s long association with prime Petite Syrah growers in the Napa Valley has resulted in an optimum choice of fruit every season.
Petite Syrah is a varietal that demands blending and diversity of vineyard site to achieve its full potential. For over three decades Stags’ Leap has been working with Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignane, Peloursin, and Viognier as components for their Napa Valley Petite Syrah. The different varietals are co-fermented as much as is feasible, and the wine is then aged in small oak cooperage for a minimum of 18 months. Balance, complexity, structure, and elegance are the signature descriptors of this classic wine.
Expressive notes of cocoa powder, raspberry and lavender introduce this luscious and intensely fruity Petite Syrah. The palate follows with ripe black plum, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and brown spice wrapped around structured tannins with juicy, berry flavors on the finish.
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