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Terra Valentine 2016 Petite Sirah

Terra Valentine

2016 Petit Sirah
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA


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Purchase a case of this beautiful bold Petite Sirah and during your next visit to Napa Valley enjoy a rare oppoturinity to meet Sam Baxter and tour Spring Summit Ranch, the future home of Terra Valentine Winery and Vineyards.
Tasting Notes:

Terra Valentine 2016 Petite Sirah, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

This is a powerhouse of a wine beautifully crafted at the hands of the talented Sam Baxter. I recommend decanting for at least an hour and up to four hours if possible. 

The wine is striking at first glance with its intense opacity and ever-so-slight rim of purple hue. It is inky purple, almost black, in the center. 

The nose shows blackberry cobbler, plum, dried herbs, cassis, red licorice, and a hint of vanilla bean (from the barrel aging). 

The palate is a showstopper for those who like bold wines, with layers of in-your-face black fruits, lavender, dried thyme, cocoa notes, coffee bean and a little black pepper. The acidity is medium but the tannins are gripping, softened only by decanting or aging. 

Side note: All that delicious color translates to extra antioxidants so I say don’t feel TOO badly about having an extra glass! Enjoy.

Tasting Notes by Denise Cody, Chief Operating Angel
  • Grapes
    100% Petite Sirah
  • Region
    Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    70 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Decant if drinking now. Hand-crafted to age 10 years and beyond
Sam Baxter
About the Winemaker:
Having spent the better part of his youth among the grape vines of Terra Valentine, Winemaker Sam Baxter represents the next generation of Napa Valley winemakers. His father Phil made a legendary mark in the late '60s when the Napa Valley first experienced international notoriety as a respected winegrowing region. After receiving his degree from University of California, Davis, he interned at Sterling Vineyards and stints in Australia. In 1999, Sam began working at Terra Valentine, and took over his father’s legacy as Winemaker and General Manager in 2002 – the year he also released his first vintage. Sam's winemaking approach is best described as Old World meets New–a subtle blend of "go-with-the-gut" instincts paired with equal parts science and art.
Bales Creek Vineyard - Only 3 barrels of the the 2016 Petite Sirah were produced.  2015 was the first year Terra Valentine made a Petite Sirah but Sam has coveted the fruit from the head-trained vines at Bales Creek Vineyard for years.  Dennis Fife, a good friend of Sam’s dad, planted the vineyard in the 70’s.  Sam has enjoyed many legendary bottles from the property over the years, and is thrilled to finally lay hands on some of the fruit.
About the Vineyard:
Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 66% new
  • A nearly perfect growing season, rated 97pts (Wine Spectator)
Food Pairing Suggestions:
With Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the vineyards of the Napa Valley, Petite Sirah is a rare find in the appellation and worth enjoying when you have the chance! Deep, inky and higher in tannins, this wine will pair most successfully with richer dishes. Experiment with meat stews, roast pork, barbecue short ribs, grilled ribeye or a roasted portobella burger topped with carmelized onions and muenster cheese. Other solid cheese pairings include Camembert, Gouda and Swiss.
About the Winery
Terra Valentine The legacy of Terra Valentine's wine program is a remarkable journey for not only the winery, but for the Baxter family as well. Phil Baxter graced these vineyards and put his fingerprint on the exquisite wines from the famed Spring Mountain AVA. In 2002 Sam Baxter took the helm from his father leading the fine wines of Terra Valentine to achieve a cult like status. Learn more