This is a classic Napa Valley Petite Sirah from start to finish. The color is opaque red, nearly black. The aromas are very classic for the variety - black pepper, anise, and a big burst of plum-blackberry fruit. On the palate, this wine is very powerful, but it retains a surprising degree of balance, due in part to our restraint in not overusing new oak. Smoke up a big brisket and invite a bunch of folks over to share a case of this 2009 Petite Sirah - you will have friends for life!