Cougar's Leap Winery
2011 Black Rock Red Hills Petite Sirah
California: Lake County: Red Hills
We haven’t been this excited about a Petite Sirah in ages! Today’s Cougar’s Leap Winery 2011 Black Rock Red Hills Petite Sirah is a budget-minded masterpiece, by Nils Venge.
Nils is Ameria’s very first winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point score - from none other than Robert Parker, Jr.
The moment you pour it into the glass you’ll marvel at just how far-reaching the aromas are. You can smell this wine from several feet away! Rich aromas explode from the glass, with blackberry preserve, blueberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, leather, spice box and toasty oak.
On the palate, the wine is elegant and very plush. Crushed velvet tannins support the fruit and mineral flavors long into a seemingly endless finish. In fact, you may not have the patience to see just where that finish ends.
Yes, it is that long!
Overall, this wine is absolutely gorgeous on the palate, bursting forth with flavors of black cherry, blackberry compote, smoky blueberry, cassis, espresso bean, cocoa dust, flint and soft spice.
This wine is an extraordinary value that is drinking so beautifully right now. This is the Petite Sirah for the most stringent lovers of the varietal. Enjoy now through 2020 - and beyond!
Remember, we offer FREE Temperature-Controlled shipping during the hot summer months. Add optional ice packs if your local area is hot, and your wine will arrive in great condition!
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Deep and inky dark purple, with an opaque and solid-looking heart of near-black. After swirling the wine, short legs start low on the glass wall, staining the glass with streaks of dark purple.
Blackberry preserve, blueberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, leather, spice box and toasty oak.
Black cherry, blackberry compote, smoky blueberry, cassis, espresso bean, cocoa dust, flint and soft spice.
Enjoy an endless finish that you may not be patient enough to see through to its conclusion! Starts out full of fruit flavors, then softly grippy tannins give the wine a truly elegant plushness that persists all the way to the end, where soft spice and slate (and a little fruit!) remain forever.
Enjoy this one with a spice and pepper-crusted pork chop, grilled to perfection. Any red meat dish, spaghetti with meat sauce or a beef pot roast would also be an outstanding pairing partner.
What the Winery Says
- Nils Venge
- Lake County, Red Hills
- Petite Sirah
- .65 g/100ml
- French and American Oak
- 18 months
- French and American Oak