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WTN: Biale NapaVlly PetiteSirah 1995...

by TomHill » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:32 pm

Tried this last weekend:
1. RobertBialeVnyds OldVnyds NapaVlly PetiteSirah (16.1%; 250 cs) 1995: Very dark/black color w/ little browning; rather pencilly/cigar box/sweet oak peppery/blackberry/PS complex/perfumed/aromatic nose; soft bit alcoholic strong blackberry/plummy/peppery/PS some dusty/old vines/earthy rather pencilly/cedary slightly dried out/tannic flavor; long very cedary/pencilly/oak plummy/blueberry/peppery/PS slight tannic/dried out complex finish; has come together very well and a pleasure to drink but starting its downhill slide.
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Re: WTN: Biale NapaVlly PetiteSirah 1995...

by JC (NC) » Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:16 pm

I just got on the Biale mailing list this past year. Gives me some idea of when to open the recent release of Petit Sirah (not for awhile it appears).
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Hmmmmmm..

by TomHill » Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:28 pm

JC,
You sound like a LosAlamos guy....making a wild extrapolation from a data point of one!! :-)
I find PSs are damnably tough to predict how they will age. When they age well...they do it very/very well. But, often as not, an oafish/clunky young PS will age into an old oafish/clunky PS. Very frustrating.
The key, I suspect, is the amount of fruit in them when they're young. And the Biale PSs typical have a lot of fruit young.
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Re: Hmmmmmm..

by Carl Eppig » Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:12 pm

Sounds like you caught that one just in time. Other than the few that are approachable on release, Bogle for example, I tend to give the aging PSs nine to start with.

Incidentally, JC isn't a "guy."
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Well, Carl...

by TomHill » Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:38 pm

Girls can sound like the LosAlamos guys just as well as a guy can.
Los Alamos guys a good on making WAGs (wild-a$$ guesses) on the flimsiest of data.
We do it all the time.
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Re: Well, Carl...

by JC (NC) » Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:06 pm

Let's hope they've gotten better at not losing classified computer disks or whatever.
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Re: Hmmmmmm..

by Mark S » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:57 am

Tom, speaking of aging petite sirah, how well do Carlisle's age?
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Beats Heck Out Of Me...

by TomHill » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:15 pm

Sorry, Mark.....but no real data on that. I had a '99 sometime in the last year and it was still going strong and no signs of drying out or dropping fruit. So an old Carlisle PS probably doesn't exist.
However....I'm a LosAlamos guy...we can draw the most persuasive of conclusions based on zero data. Mike's PSs have a heap of huge fruit, plenty of tannin and structure. I see no reason that they won't age out 10-15-20 yrs. Whether the do that magically comming-together thing and become an absolute pleasure to drink, that's an open question. And their high alcohol levels cause a bit of concern... those wines, as they lose fruit, can start to smell/taste late harvesty in character.
Nonethless, I'll be taking some data point. Check back with me in 10 yrs!! :-)
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