2010 La Petite Sirah Napa Valley
California: Napa Valley
Petite Sirah fans rejoice! We have a dark, inky, fragrant and delicious Petite for you, today. This estate grown and bottled wine was made by our friend, Ph.D winemaker Christine Barbe. Christine earned her advanced degree from the Bordeaux Institute of Enology before going on to make wines at Château Carbonnieux and Château La Louvière.
Christine’s Coquerel 2010 La Petite Sirah Napa Valley is scrumptious!
The Calistoga AVA, which sits at the northern end of the Napa Valley, is a haven of wonderful Petite Sirah producers. Kenefik (who grows for Caymus and others), Summers, T-Vine and Robert Biale all make award-winning Petite here. While the volcanic soils of the region help a great deal, it is Coquerel’s imported winemaker Christine Barbe, from Bordeaux, France, that shows off her skilled hand with today’s wine.
I offer this wine to you with my very bold recommendation. If you a fan of Petite Sirah, this wine will have you grinning ear to ear - through purple teeth.
A beautiful dark maroon with a fine purple edge.
Very fragrant, bursting forth with dark blackberry, cassis, dried currant, dried blueberry, black cherry candy, darkly toasted oak and a hint of vanilla bean.
Powerful and plush. Vibrant darkest cherry and blackberry lead the charge. Flavors of tart cherry, berry compote, cocoa and black licorice meld with sweetwood and dark oak.
Exceedingly long, with dark fruit flavors that seem to go on for an eternity.
We’d go with a grilled pork tenderloin topped with a sauce of red wine and blue cheese. If you have the resolve to use this wine in making the sauce, it will be the perfect bridge between the dish and the wine in your glass!
What the Winery Says
- Christine Barbe
- Petite Sirah
- Calistoga, Napa Valley
- Vineyard Designation
- Alcohol %
- Wine & Spirits Magazine
- 93 points
- 390 cases
- Oak regimen
- aged 18 months in French oak