The moose is loose!
Broad-shouldered and rich, Lot 179 2019 Napa Valley Petite Sirah is a powerhouse Petite produced by a Napa Valley consulting winemaker with a legendary focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a rich, concentrated and very modern-style Petite with plenty of ripe fruit, well-integrated oak and soft, sweet ultra-polished tannins. If you liked N.41 St. Helena Cabernet or Lot 57 St. Helena Cabernet, you'll love this.
The producer is quite cagey about the sub-appellation (and would only sell it to us as Napa Valley) but the wine is clearly sourced from a particular vineyard located on the rocky, volcanic northeastern slopes of Howell Mountain yet still in the Calistoga appellation. The wine retails for $60-$75/bottle and today's offering is just $24/bottle. A stunning value for a wine of this provenance and quality.
Squid ink dark in the glass. The bouquet erupts with cherry kirsch and huckleberry framed with sarsaparilla and brown sugar with nuances of charred oak, clove and leather. The wine is full-bodied on entry with dark, luscious lush fruit splaying out over chewy-yet-silky tannins and a long, lingering cocoa and roasted coffee-infused finish. Big-and-brawny yet never overbearing, this is precision winemaking at its best. Booyah.
100% Petite Sirah
60% new French oak