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Mettler Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Lodi
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(2003 Vintage) The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the inaugural release of this exceptional Petite Sirah. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of this very small and unique portion of our vineyard holdings. The Lodi micro-climate is a true Mediterranean climate - excellent for growing Petite Sirah. The high daytime temperatures are read more...The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and five generations of farming in Lodi with the inaugural release of this exceptional Petite Sirah. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of this very small and unique portion of our vineyard holdings. The Lodi micro-climate is a true Mediterranean climate - excellent for growing Petite Sirah. The high daytime temperatures are tempered by Delta breezes which flow through the area in the evenings and cool down the fruit dramatically. The crop level was controlled using various viticulture techniques and was farmed with the latest biologically integrated farming system practices. This includes a reduction of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers in the vineyard; controlled deficient irrigation; and cover crops, which increase the rate of organic matter turnover, thus maintaining the structure and fertility of the soil. The Mettler 2002 Petite Sirah has a deep purple color that practically stains the glass. Beautiful aromas of boysenberries and blueberries emerge with a touch of coffee laced with Swiss chocolate. As appealing as the aromas, the flavors are a treat. Blueberry and blackberry flavors dance on the tongue, laced with high notes of spice, while the mouth-feel is jammy and full. A delightful floral characteristic enhances a smooth, lingering finish. 2003 vintage receives 90 Points and Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast: "Intense and concentrated in fruit, fully dry, and with lush, thick tannins, this Petite Sirah aims for the front of the pack and succeeds. Flavorwise, it's rich in blackberries, plum pudding, espresso and spice flavors that finish long and impressively complex. Great now, and should hold and develop over the next decade. " - S.H. (5/1/2006) THE WINE ADVOCATE rates Mettler 2003 Petite Sirah 91 POINTS! SEE FULL REVIEW (hide)

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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jul-06.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/04.