2009 Petrichor Estate Les Trois
THE FIRST PETRICHOR RELEASE is a 2009 bottling we have named Les Trois, to reflect the careful blending of our three distinctly different plantings, the Grenache, the 877 Syrah clone and the 470 Syrah clone. 86% Syrah / 14% Grenache. 50% whole cluster fermentation. 10% new oak. Native yeast. Unfiltered. Picked at 23 & 24 brix. 13.6% alcohol. 170 cases.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Josh Raynolds
2009 Petrichor Vineyards Les Trois Estate Sonoma County
Glass staining purple. High-pitched aromas of red and blackcurrant, cherry, violet and black pepper with subtle olive and smoked meat notes adding complexity. Offers incisive dark fruit and floral pastille flavors given depth by notes of licorice and black cardamom. Silky tannins add shape to a long, spicy and seamless finish. These wines are made by Duncan Meyers of Arnot-Roberts. (JR)
Richard Jennings, Huffington Post and rjonwine
2009 Petrichor Les Trois – USA, California, Sonoma County
- Opaque red violet color; intriguing, tart red currant, reduction, red spice nose; tart red currant, roasted plum palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (1st vintage; 86% Syrah, 14% Grenache;15% new oak, 50% whole cluster, 13.6% alcohol; very food friendly) (90 pts.)
William Allen, Simple Hedonisms:
To The Eye: The color is a deep purple, impenetrable to light, without tech sheets, I feel comfortable guessing unfined and unfiltered knowing the heritage of the winemaker.
One The Nose: A wonderful blend of earth, smokey meat, olive brine, red fruit and raspberry, hint of ocean salinity.
In the Mouth: Incredible. The aroma profile carries with saline and mineral notes that dance intermingled with white pepper, red & black fruit. Great supple structure that is elegant and soft, not over bearing, jammy, or puckering. Acidity that lingers and lifts up the wine. I’ll trade acid for tannins any day.
This wine proves again the benefits of cool climate, acidity, minimal-no new oak, in making wines that express themselves naturally.
Recommendation: I don’t lightly recommend a wine that approaches $50 but this is the real McCoy. Break open the piggy bank.
If you want to impress a true wine aficionado (and I don’t mean some Parker/Spectator score chaser who thinks Oak is the bomb) – buy this for a gift or bring to a dinner.
94 points. $48 – online.
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Doug Wilder, purely domestic wine report
The nose provides an alluring mix of well developed, concentrated, balanced and complex aromas; olive, lavender, grilled meat, black plum, asian spice, cola, lilac and soy. Bright cherry flavors, with a mid-palate of licorice, lilac and black fruits are well integrated into a mineral-backed framework. Drink 2011 - 2018
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To tread more lightly, our bottles are crafted on the west coast in California and are made with substantially less glass. We do not ship our wines with styrafoam.