FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
92 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
A lovely example of dark, broody Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) from this excellent Californian producer. This wine is full bodied and overflowing with classic Petite Sirah flavours of spiced red berries and some herbal/tobacco notes. Lovely wine.
The winery writes "The 2020 offering of Petite Sirah from McManis Family Vineyards is vivid purple in color, with aromas of full toned Blackberry and Boysenberry. Caramel and Toffee are evident in the bouquet, as well as a Chocolate oak profile. The wine is substantial, yet has a rich soft cream texture of mocha. Very elegant and full of ripe black fruit flavors of Blackberry and Blueberry. These fruit flavors are savored in the lingering mouthwatering finish."
Sam Kim writes "Upfront and instantly appealing with dark fruit richness, cocoa, cedar and warm spice characters, it's powerful and succulent on the palate delivering terrific fruit power combined with velvety texture, finishing persistent and delectable."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Aromas of black currant and black berry, raspberry compote and sweet spicy oak scents. Reminds me of apple and blackberry pie with cloves and cinnamon spice layers. Youthful and refreshing bouquet overall. Even more powerful and fruity on the palate with flavours of dark berries and plums, toasty spices and a luscious sweetness of fruit and barrel. Flavours coat and stick to the palate with a fresh coffee bean quality. Medium acidity with fine moderate level tannins, balanced, well made and ready to drink from 2022 through 2028+."