Working in a wine shop has its perks! One of them being I get to meet wine makers on a more regular basis than I normally would, for instance next Tuesday I get to have lunch with Ian Hongell, wine maker for Peter Lehman. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to taste with Bob Foley and taste the wines from his “Robert Foley Vineyards” brand.
We tasted five of his wines but for the quick sip today I chose to write about the 2006 Muscle Man Petite Sirah
Wine Information –
Appellation: Napa, Calistoga
Grape: 100% Petite Sirah
Price: $60 – $70
(sorry I don’t have more facts on the wine, cooperage, vineyard site, etc.. I have sent out a couple of emails to gather some more facts and will update the post if I get some)
My Tasting Notes –
Nose: bacon fat, blackberry, cassis
Taste: boysenberry, blackberry, fig
Mouthfeel: spicy, bit hot, FULL bodied with lip lockin’ Velcro tannins
Finish: long and strong as the name “Muscle Man” would imply
This is a big boy of a wine that is young and in for the long haul. Tons of palate rockin’ structure is complimented by the abundance of deep rich dark fruit flavors and the nice bacon fat component I often find in a lot of California Petite Sirahs as well as Sryah. Not inexpensive to say the least, but if you want a good age worthy Petite Sirah, give this one a go.
Tomorow I continue with a review of our 3rd and final day in Virginia Wine Country last weekend