Mountain Chocolate

Black black impenetrable inky black with no edge and heavy curves of fat mountain fruit clawing with sharp edges.  You know this thing is going to be a lazy boy through the twisties from the first sniff.  Big raw beef and eucalyptus make for a package so blisteringly ripe and thick .  Generous decanting brings out rich nuances not visible in the initial nose.  Dense red dust and spring water cascade off heady cassis and sweet vanilla.

I open this producer’s Cabernet the other day because, well, you know Howell Mountain Cabernet has an undeniable appeal.  I set the Petite Sirah on a rear shelf for later because–even as good as the Cabs can be, the Petite Sirahs from this appellation have an additional cult reputation.

In the mouth, this thing sings a blockbuster song. Thick and chewy and ridiculously tannic but flying under a velvet cloak of decadent fruit.  Dark chocolate and warm leather with a definite chunk of peppery alcohol, you know this is going to be a big boozy broad and she’s going to be a ton of fun.

2013 PARAVEL Petite Sirah Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Napa Valley 15.0


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