94pts Jeb Dunnuck
Sporting an inky purple color, the 2016 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Old Vines is a more elegant expression of the variety that’s going to age incredibly well. Blueberries, crushed violets, scorched earth, and spice notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated effort that stays compact, tight, and straight on the palate. Deep, impressively concentrated, and always balanced and pure, it needs a decant if drinking any time soon but will keep for 20+ years.
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Petite Sirah Old Vines Palisades Vineyard is inky purple-black in color with a nose of cassis, redcurrants and asphalt with nuances of pepper and earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is very firm, grainy and lively, finishing long and earthy.
In contrast to the finesse of our Grenache from Palisades Vineyard, this Petite Sirah is all power. Petite Sirah is known for color but this is dark and inky enough that if other petites could blush from being envious, they would. Do NOT drink while wearing white clothes! Enormously concentrated, sumptuous and structured, with an array of brooding dark fruits, freshly turned black earth, licorice, black pepper and rose hip. As massive as this wine is, its tannins are remarkable refined. This wine will outlive all of us.