Macauley Merlot Napa Valley 2012
Thomas River Brown
Petite Sirah is first and foremost about tannin. It’s ever present but the quality of it is really what unlocks the enjoyment of the wine. We feel this Palisades site in Calistoga is one of the best PS vineyards in California.This wine possesses a glass-coating deep purple hue that you would be hard pressed to even shine a light through. The real excitement starts with the aromas, however. Spearmint, tobacco leaf, black currant, anise, sandalwood and mashed apricots emerge in concert so layered that even the slightest shift of your nose brings new notes to the forefront. The palate is very balanced with notes of flint, blackberries, black tea, beef blood, coupled with lighter notes of violets, lavender oil and orange zest. The finish on this wine is extremely drawn out leaving you with plenty of opportunity to revel in the dark complexity that lingers for close to a minute.