2011 Retro Cellars Old Vine Howell Mountain Petite Sirah

Estate: Retro Cellars
Region: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, United States of America
Vineyards: Park Muscatine and Los Abuelos Vineyards

Tasting Note:November 18, 2016

Deep purplish-blue. Love the complexity of the nose on this bottling. Tons of blueberries, baking spices, toasted wood, savory herbs, burnt matches, burnt mulch, sweet smoke and purple floral notes. Heavy tannins (8.5/10) and full bodied. Loads of oak influence on the palate as well with toasted wood, cinnamon and vanilla. A little savory too as it aired out with some dark cherries and black fruits. Super long finish. Absolutely a killer bottle for under $50.00 with tons of aging potential. If you want to drink this now, decant for 6+ hours.

The 2011 vintage is blend of 90% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah from the Park Muscatine Vineyard (60%) and the Los Abuelos Vineyard (40%). The Park Muscatine Vineyard is at an elevation of 1800 feet and was originally planted back in the 1890's. Through DNA testing has shown that most of the vines are the Durif clone as well as some Peloursin clone. The vines specifically used in this bottling come from four acres that were last replanted in the 1950s which Mike personally cares for and maintains. The Los Abuelos Vineyard is located directly adjacent to the Dunn Vineyards winery and Mike's parents house. Prior to planting Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, this vineyard was growing hay for the Dunn's horses. Additionally, this sits in a small valley that gives this terrior cool weather and requires protection from frost through the use of sprinklers. This wine is aged for 30 months in 100% new French oak, all with tight grains (Billion, Gamba, Garonnaise and Boutes). Only 450 cases produced and an alcohol level of 12.8%.

Drink Dates:

2018 till 2036.


93 points.

Price Point:

$$ - Provided as a sample from the estate. Can be purchased for $45.00 from the estate.