Wine Review: 2009 V. Sattui Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Wine Review: 2009 V. Sattui Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, California

The V. Sattui Petite Sirah is produced from 86-year old vines coming from Allias Vineyard in the Rutherford sub-AVA of Napa Valley and everything about it is wonderful.  It is the essence of wine that I taste in my dreams. Yes, I dream about wine and usually it is red. The magnitude of the avalanche of fruit aromas and flavors that this wine possesses is hard to accurately depict in anything less than a short story length piece. It’s like there was a pie fight at the end of a County fair judging and all the blue ribbon blueberry pies wound up on my face. Explosive berry aromas and flavors with balanced tannins and acidity that will cut right through the smoky, cheesy, earthy flavors of the previously mentioned menu. Congratulations to Brooks Painter and his winemaking team for a job well done.

For my money, Napa Valley produces some of the best Petite Sirah fruit the world has to offer.  Lodi and Mendocino are also great. Too bad most plant Cabernet Sauvignon. But when is the last time you bought a Petite Sirah over $100? Trying to get more people to grow Petite Sirah has not been easy. Hell I can’t even get the people who produce it now to receive free promotion by sending samples for us to review (Hint Hint PS I Love You Members). 150 case production.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $35 | 14.8% ABV

Buy this direct from V. Sattui winery.


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. silver price September 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM - Reply

    Wine connoisseurs say that Petite Sirah is one of the distinctive red wines of America. It has been a favorite of wine drinkers from many years among those who like a big and bold wine.

    • enobytes September 20, 2012 at 8:36 PM - Reply

      My dream is that Petite Sirah becomes the new favorite go to red in America :)

  2. dieta September 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    What an awesome find! Sometimes the best wineries are those little out of the way places nobody knows about. This place could be just that. The 2005 Cabernet Franc tastes like CANDY and the petite sirah is fantastic! The Petite Sirah vines used in this wine are between 5 and 30 years old but alot more young vines than old vines. The father says that some of the best wines come from the earliest harvests which is in contrast to what everyone says about “old vines.” It just depends what you like. They also make a syrah and a cabernet sauvignon which they’re almost sold out of. Very reasonable prices, but small production, so buy up now. Do it now!

  3. Sugel September 25, 2012 at 2:48 AM - Reply

    Yes, indeed the least expensive wine wins again! No wonder Kermit Lynch said “Blind tastings are to wine what strip poker is to love”!

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