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Chiarello Roux Old Vine Estate Petite Sirah 2005

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Had at Vintner's Collective during Pops and Son 3rd Annual Wine Trip in Napa, 12/27/07.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER Sonoma Marin County Fair.

Extremely limited, rare wine from historic 95-year old vineyard.

Roux is the nickname of my oldest daughter, Margaux, and this wine is my meditation to our relationship. If Petite Sirah is your style, grab it now as this old block only gives us a little wine each year, and cellars beautifully as well.

This is my favorite wine for "big red" meals. This is Petite Sirah for both fans of the varietal and skeptics. The density of the wine will appeal to proponents of big red wines but without any of the rough edges that can turn people off to Petite Sirah. Try it with my Bistecca alla Fiorentina recipe, a classic style of preparing steak from Tuscany.

2005 brings the trademark dark, saturated purple color from this cool, classic vintage for Petite Sirah. The nose possesses a good amount of lavender with menthol undertones. This is my cellar favorite, and wonderful partner to winter's long roasted meats and comfort foods.

Michael Chiarello & Thomas Brown
Owner & Winemaker


Vintage: 2005
Release Date: September 2007
Appellation: St. Helena District of Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest: Harvested by hand on September 24, 2005
Barrel Aging: 18 months in French Oak
Vineyard location: Estate Grown, single vineyard, 95 year old Petite Sirah in gravelly loam soil.
Alcohol: 14.8%
Production: 200 Cases

Logged by drxeno on December 31st, 2007 at 1:04am. Rating: 4 | report note

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