Tofanelli Petite Sirah 2016, Napa Valley
Vince Tofanelli’s winemaking philosophy is all about California extraction with European elegance. Traditional winemaking techniques are used to allow the wine to age gracefully. This old-vine Petite Sirah has five percent Grenache added to bolster the spice and aromatics. This wine is built to age for a decade plus. This is one of the few categories in Napa with an affordable price point that can age with the best $150++ Napa Cabs. The 2016 Petite Sirah displays a dark as night hue, offering scents of black and blue fruits, spice box seasoning, and tilled soil nuances. It’s full-bodied, and full-throttle on the palate. With all the dark concentration, there is still a lovely silkiness around the edges. The bold tannin structure is starting to soften up with the extra few years of bottle age. This is at the perfect sweet spot to enjoy now with the ability to cellar for another five to seven years easily. Raise a glass to old-vine liquid history and to the Italian heritage that has shaped Napa Valley.
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