1998 marked the first commercial vintage of Carver Sutro Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah. Both the '98 and the '99 have been extremely well received.

Both vintages have gone to The French Laundry, Chez Panisse, Gary Danko's, Terra, Rubicon, Valentino's and 25 other wonderful California restaurants whose discriminating wine lists we respect.

We have our own opinions (inescapably biased, of course), but also the opinions of many sommeliers and customers: we are confident that our wine is as luxurious, elegant and interesting as any Petite Sirah you will find in California.

Here are our winemaker's tasting notes for the 1998-2001 wines:

For the 2000:
Not yet released. Please see Robert Parkers review below

Robert Parker's Barrell Sample Review
People ask us all the time which vintage we think is the finest we've produced. Because wine tasting is so personal, our ideas on this subject vary from time to time. Every vintage we've produced has had its particular excellence and appeal. The 2001 we believe embodies the best of all of the vintages that have come before. Here are Robert Parker's comments regarding the 2001 barrell sample:

"Potentially better (than the 2000), the 2001 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard is a full bodied, terrifically endowed offering with superb purity, a big texture, and a style that will please readers looking for palate-staining, teeth-rattling, massive reds. It should drink well for 12 - 15 years." Score: 91-94

-- The Wine Advocate
Issue 148, Page 39

For the 2000:
Color: Deep red garnet.

Nose: Essence of boysenberry, essence of rose, orange peel, quince, roasted coffee, smoke, violets, and rich soil.

Taste: Baked cherry, plum, mocha, smokey meats, chewy forward tannins with a fleshy and elegant mid palate.

Finish: Flavors evident in mid-palate persist; sleek elegance all the way through.

Robert Parker's Review
"The 2000 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard exhibits a saturated purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of black fruits intermixed with loamy soil, flower, leather, and wood notes. Dense and full-bodied, with terrific fruit intensity, it should hit its peak in 5-6 years and last of 16-18." Score: 89-91

-- The Wine Advocate
Issue 148, Page 39

For the 1999:
Color: Supple black-purple with garnet hues.

Nose: Essence of blackberry, black raspberry, violets, crushed black pepper, dried flowers, earth and clove.

Taste: Massive on the palate with baked plum/clove, allspice, orange peel, black licorice, pepper, violets and berry.

Finish: Long, powerful and delicious.

For the 1998:
Color: Lovely black-purple with garnet hues.

Nose: Crushed plums, violets, sprig of mint, roasted meats, hint of orange peel, crushed pepper, currants and soil.

Taste: Fairly full and soft with a wonderful palate entry filled with black cherry, plum, coffee, meaty notes. Mid-palate is full and rich with juicy currants, pepper, citrus and herb notes.

Finish: Bright cherry-berry fruit and hints of meats, violets and spices.

Tasting Notes
Our Winemaker
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