“Quite possibly the most perfect example of what Petite Sirah can offer in the world.”
“This is what serious old-school California winemaking is all about”
– Groezinger Wine Company
94 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Inky blue and purplish fruit, lavender, sage, cloves and mocha run through the 2012 Petite Sirah Howell Mountain. Super-ripe, voluptuous and sensual, the 2012 will drink well with minimal cellaring, The voluptuous, ample style is a bit out of character for this wine. Then again, that’s 2012.
94 Points – Steve Heimoff
93+ Points – Millennial Drinkers
Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 is the bigger brother to their Napa Valley bottling. Deep and dark purplish red. Layered and thick nose with dried crushed flowers, cloves, blueberries and vanilla. Heavy and dusty tannins (8/10) with a full body. High acidity but not over the top. A lot redder than the Napa Valley bottling when it comes to fruit flavors of raspberries, and bramble berries but does have a touch of blueberries. A bit woody too throughout with some forest floor, spices and white pepper. Very dry and long finish. This is a best of a wine that will improve with some bottle age. Drink from 2019 till 2034. (93+ Points) – Millennial Drinkers
92 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2012 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) is beautifully ripe, sensual and racy, all qualities that give it considerable and unusual early appeal for Petite. A host of dark cherry, plum, mint, smoke and licorice notes infuse this rich, flamboyant wine. The firm Petite tannins are nicely tamed.
93 Points – Steve Heimoff
93 Points – Millennial Drinkers
Always love these Petite Sirahs from Mike Dunn, and this 2012 seems to be especially special. Dark purplish red. Overall lots of dark characteristics on the nose with tight bramble berries, black currants, spices, dried violets, a little cinnamon and even coriander. Even got a little gamey and savory with an hour or two in the glass. Heavy tannins (7/10) but smooth and full bodied. Kept beefing up as it sat open, currants on the attack, iron, smokey and a bit meaty. Larger in the mid-palate with some dark crushed rocks. Dark fruits coming through at the end after day one Insanely dry and long with a nice little spice kick in the finish. Will drink well for the next decade or so. Drink till 2027. (93 Points) – Millennial Drinkers