$184.95 price per bottle Expert Advice
Wine Advocate Review
It was difficult to chose a favorite although the 2009 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge, Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard are the three greatest in terms of concentration, depth and potential complexity. As I have said so many times, Petite Sirah is by far the most underrated varietal in California, so it is reassuring to see how many producers continue to make remarkable wines with around 13-14% alcohol as well as 20-40+ years of aging potential.
The Hayne Petite Syrah never fails to deliver. Tightly wound at first, the wine shows classic Petite Syrah fruit and muskiness at first whiff. Blue fruits and a dark, inky dust aroma are also present and will purify with time. This head trained vineyard, planted in 1953, has softer tannins than most Petite Syrahs and is more "noble" overall; the old guard, with old money and the class to back it up. We encourage you to drink this with lamb and other fatty dishes that will help buffer the tannins in its youth.
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