“Blackcurrants, blackberries, charcoal and crushed rock notes all give way to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich, powerful, seamless red that has velvety tannin and a great finish. It will keep for 15+ years.” - Jeb Dunnuck
Huge. Gargantuan. Massive even. This is one of the most famous Petite Sirahs out there, and there ain’t nothing petit about it. It is nearly “black” in color and has intensity of fruit seldom seen in Napa. Grab a big handful of these today.
Proprietor Tor Kenward and his winemaking team, led by Jeff Ames, have been crafting world-class wines at this eponymous estate from its inception. Tor’s 30+ years in the Napa wine business have afforded him relationships with the sort of growers who have lines behind golden velvet ropes begging for their grapes. It pays to know where the valley’s greatest terroirs are in the Napa Valley. Robert Mondavi sited his winery smack in the middle of To Kalon because he, father Cesare, and brother Peter all knew how great the grapes were for Charles Krug in the 1950s. Starting in the 1970s, Andy Beckstoffer began studying and acquiring the finest terroirs in the valley, and strongly advocating for vineyard designation. And of course Tor Kenward, as an executive for Beringer, knew which sites were the most powerful contributors to Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet. Tor has an insider’s knowledge and a rolodex that newcomers simply can’t buy. This is why the wines of TOR are so important to us, and why they demand your attention.
The 2015 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Old Vine is a big, rich (I wouldn’t argue if you called it massive), yet pure and polished expression of the variety that does everything right. Blackcurrants, blackberries, charcoal and crushed rock notes all give way to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich, powerful, seamless red that has velvety tannin and a great finish. It will keep for 15+ years