Stag’s Leap Winery Petite Syrah 2003

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So I had heard that Stag’s Leap Winery was well known for their petite sirah and had produced a cult following for their take on this varietal. Given that I’m a petite sirah lover, I had to give this a try, even though it is reasonably pricey – and, I have to say that I’m quite impressed with the effort.

First off I have to note that this wine is exceptionally well balanced for a petite sirah, and I thought it at times suggested a fine cab sauv in its balance and power. What elevates this beyond basic petite sirah, though, is that this balance is coupled with a great flavour profile with a nice ebbing and flowing of flavour developments ranging from toasty caramel flavours to cherry and boysenberry (but well balanced) and red licorice. The tannins were a bit too heavy on the first day I drank this, but really mellowed by the 2nd day, although if you do pick this up you might want to let it sit a while longer or pair it with a moderately flavoured creamy cheese to moderate the tannins and bring out the fruit. In any case, I very much enjoyed drinking this and while maybe a tad expensive it is definitely unique for the petite sirah varietal.

$50 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars


  1. Anonymous
    May 26, 2008

    my boss gave my a bottle for my BDay. I just opened it, it’s so good !!

  2. Shea
    May 26, 2008

    Glad you liked it. And tell me where to get a boss like that :).

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