Region: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA
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.
Grapes100% Petite Sirah
RegionSpring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA
AgeabilityDecant if drinking now. Hand-crafted to age 10 years and beyond
- Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 66% new
- A nearly perfect growing season, rated 97pts (Wine Spectator)