Eighty Four Wines Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2012

$49.99

94 Points Wine Spectator                  Doug Shafer & Elias Fernandez are the well-known winemaking team behind Shafer Vineyars who produce some of Napa Valley's best wines including the legendary Hillside Select.  They have just released the inagural wines from their new small-production label, Eighty Four, which represents the year they started making wine together. The first few years were challenging – experimenting, working long hours, learning from mistakes, pushing to make the best wines they could. This wine represents two friends going full circle – making wine together, trying new things, doing what they love. That's the spirit they are trying to recapture in their new label.  The Petite Sirah is a stunner but extremely limited. 94 Points Wine Spectator: "This is dark, bold and highly aromatic, yet retains a sense of restraint and grace. Sandalwood, white pepper, dried lavender and rosemary give in to ripe, juicy huckleberry and blueberry flavors. The tannins are both mouthfilling and plush. The finish just goes on and on. Drink now through 2030. 300 cases made." The Robb Report: "The extraordinarily dark Eighty Four Petite Sirah exudes perfumes of ripe apple, earthy charred oak, pomegranate, and raspberry. This is an opulent expression of an underappreciated grape, replete with concentrated flavors of blackberry, roasted coffee, porcini mushroom, and anise.” Winemaker Doug Shafer & Elias Fernandez Notes: Petite Sirah has a long history in Napa Valley. We first became acquainted with it in the 1970s as a homemade wine that local grape growers made and stored in their barns and basements. The wine can be a burly wall-of-flavor unless tamed to allow its subtler, delicious dimensions and inherent elegance emerge. Toward that end we aged this wine for nearly four years in new French oak and another year in bottle prior to its release.

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Ratings on Delectable

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

This is a wine from the Shafer team. Petit Sirah is such an under loved grape. Cherry, leather, licorice and spice. Velvety in texture with plush tannins. Would have been perfect with a barbecued burger.

This is a wine from the Shafer team. Petit Sirah is such an under loved grape. Cherry, leather, licorice and spice. Velvety in texture with plush tannins. Would have been perfect with a barbecued burger.

9.2

Julia Geisler

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews that talk about ”hints of licorice” and today I finally found a wine I can use this description for. I’m not overwhelmed by the wine so much as the opportunity to use the descriptor.

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews that talk about ”hints of licorice” and today I finally found a wine I can use this description for. I’m not overwhelmed by the wine so much as the opportunity to use the descriptor.

9.0

Michael Coscetta

Needs several more years. Delicious but high sulfur on the nose and high tannins on the taste.

Needs several more years. Delicious but high sulfur on the nose and high tannins on the taste.

8.8

Charlie Tapp

Blue fruit and pie crust.

Blue fruit and pie crust.

9.1

Charlie Tapp

Blue fruit and baking spice.

Blue fruit and baking spice.

9.3

Brian Nickerson

Full throttle, teeth staining beast. Will wait to open the next bottle but certainly not disappointed with the results today

Full throttle, teeth staining beast. Will wait to open the next bottle but certainly not disappointed with the results today

9.1

Willie Carter

Dark cherry red in the glass with light purple accents. On the nose there’s roasted coffee, cinnamon, stewed plums, and generous smoke. This is a big, bad Napa Petite Sirah and often that can go awry. But you do know who makes this, don’t you? Beautiful structure with deep complexity and lively fruit. Initially blue fruits, cloves, and oak on the palate. After a bit of time you’ll find grilled meat, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of menthol. Long finish with black pepper and rose petals. This is surprisingly sleek and sexy wine.

Dark cherry red in the glass with light purple accents. On the nose there’s roasted coffee, cinnamon, stewed plums, and generous smoke. This is a big, bad Napa Petite Sirah and often that can go awry. But you do know who makes this, don’t you? Beautiful structure with deep complexity and lively fruit. Initially blue fruits, cloves, and oak on the palate. After a bit of time you’ll find grilled meat, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of menthol. Long finish with black pepper and rose petals. This is surprisingly sleek and sexy wine.

9.1

Erin Joyce

“Pets” as they call it is such an underrated wine and rarely comes up in flash deal sites like Last Bottle. This wine is powerful, dense, bursting with blue fruit and a silky elegant finish. Other reviews noted licorice and I didn’t find it but will keep that in mind with my other two bottles.

“Pets” as they call it is such an underrated wine and rarely comes up in flash deal sites like Last Bottle. This wine is powerful, dense, bursting with blue fruit and a silky elegant finish. Other reviews noted licorice and I didn’t find it but will keep that in mind with my other two bottles.

9.2

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