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Summit Lake

Summit Lake
2012 Sophia Lynn, Petite Sirah, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Petite Sirah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55
Cellar Selection

Summit Lake
2012 Sophia Lynn, Petite Sirah, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Vegetables

Category: Petite Sirah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Black violet color. Elegant aromas of polished fine furniture, tobacco, maraschino liqueur, and maitake mushroom with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, long vanilla, dill, white pepper, miso, and chocolate covered strawberry finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A bold Petite Sirah that hits the Howell Mountain nail on the head.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: polished fine furniture, tobacco, maraschino liqueur, and maitake mushroom
Taste Flavor: vanilla, dill, white pepper, miso, and chocolate covered strawberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Skirt Steak With Roquefort, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold Petite Sirah that hits the Howell Mountain nail on the head.

The Producer

Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
2000 Summit Lake Dr
Angwin, CA 94508
USA
1 707-965-2488

Petite Sirah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Petite Sirah, which is also spelled as Petite Syrah (or even Petit Sirah) is a California red wine with deep color, rich tannins and a good deal of spice. While a few medium and larger-sized producers in California make Petite Sirah, most examples are from smaller artisan producers. These vintners often emphasize the chocolate and plum flavors as well as the chewy tannins.

As these wines are rugged in nature, these often need a few years after release before they are in ideal drinking condition; five to seven years is generally an ideal time frame for best consumption. Pair Petite Sirah with such foods as grilled lamb, pork roasts, stews and game.