Three different selections of Petite Syrah clones inter-planted with a multi-ethnic population of other Rhône varietals including Syrah, Carignane, Grenache, Peloursin, and Mouvedre combine to make a unique wine that speaks of the 60-year old vineyard at the Stags' Leap Winery estate. As with its predecessors, the grapes for the 1997 Stags' Leap Winery Petite Syrah were harvested together and co-fermented. Winemaker Robert Brittan is convinced that the grapes give and extract more complex flavors...
Wine Spectator(1985 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/88
Wine Spectator(1987 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/90
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2001 Vintage) Here is a mid-sized Merlot that eschews strength and evident extract in favor of polish. Its mild black-cherry themes are given a lift by slightly creamy oak, and, if tending a little to dryness at the finish, it is a pleasant, lightly tannic and wholly useful wine for near- to mid-term drinking.
Wine Spectator(1992 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/95