2016 Dueling Pistols Petite Syrah/Cab

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Petite Sirah

To create a blend with 50% Petite Sirah is very unique since it is a varietal with one of the smallest planted acres worldwide, and because its tannic structure is so intense. In our blend, the Cabernet Sauvignon actually tames the tannins of the Petite Sirah to bring the blend into balance. The ageing does the rest to develop the wine into a rich, silky masterpiece.

Inky purple with scarlet highlights, this wine offers thought-provoking dark fruit aromas balanced with floral and spicy notes. On the palate, it is jammy at first, with a dense midpalate wrapped around a core of soft tannins. The finish is long and lingering.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah are harvested from the same vineyard, 700 feet above sea level and situated just north of the Templeton Gap between high hills to the West and the city of Paso Robles to the East. The loamy soil vineyard benefits from the warm climate, low rainfall, and fog that travels up the valley in the evenings, cooling down the grapes. Our Paso Cab is big, opulent and richly textured. Our Petite Sirah is inky, bold and jammy with deep tannins.

Critical Acclaim

Tasting Panel
Dark black cherry color; dense, ripe and juicy with over-the-top sweet plum and cherry; thick and intense with smooth texture and balance, good acid structure and a long finish.