2016 Obsidian Block
In addition to old grape vines, Limerick Lane is home to another rarely found natural wonder: Obsidian. The fields are in fact littered with it. Whether or not the Petite Sirah grown in what we call the “Obsidian Block” actually channels some of the characteristics of the unique glass, I’m not sure but given the similarities between this wine and the stone, I have to wonder…
Petite Sirah grown at Limerick Lane consistently shows more finesse and aromatics and less of those tell tale monolithic tannins than most other sites. In addition, there’s a distinct purity about this wine that is so incredibly complimentary to its massiveness, and its corresponding incredible lift and delicacy. Think of a middle line backer dancing ballet but without a hint of clumsiness. This wine is huge, powerful, gutsy and all the while, exudes potpourri, delicate blue fruits and extraordinary lift. This wine quite simply boggles the mind –in the most amazing and compelling way.
94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
93 points - Antonio Galloni/Vinous
92 points - Virginie Boone/Wine Enthusiast
“This is a beautifully blended Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Syrah from one estate block.” - Virginie Boone/Wine Enthusiast, 92 points