Two Angels Petite Sirah 2016 | Deep, Dark & Full Throttled | 92pts
Super-intense, brooding, black as night—and only $20. Two Angels Petite Sirah 2016 is the kind of Petite Sirah we’ve always got our eye out for, and very few hit the bullseye. When one does it like Two Angels, we’re fast to claim it. It’s our first of 2019, and it might be our only one. Don’t miss out on a case or two.
Two Angels Petite Sirah 2016 presents a deep purple core gives way to a lively pink shine on the rim. Bold and generous notes of bramble, blackberry compote, and lilacs jump out of the glass. A well-rounded explosion of blueberry and chocolate brownies integrates with a note of eucalyptus, and firm tannins on the finish make it highly memorable. Drink now – 2024
92WE | Complex, compelling aromas of fig, mint, and cocoa start this full-bodied wine off with a bang before rich, jammy blackberry and blueberry flavors flood the palate. The texture is quite tannic but is balanced out by the richness and concentration of the fruit tones. Two Angels Petite Sirah 2016 delivers a big, boisterous wine that needs some equally big proteins to pair with. Best after 2020.
Loving Petite Sirah
Our theory is that a lot of red wine drinkers are in love with Petite Sirah and don’t know it. So, if you like your Zin with a deep, brooding bass note—that’s probably Petite Sirah. Like your blends inky and intense? Chances are they’ve got a hefty dose of Petite Sirah blended in. There’s a reason that even David Beckstoffer adds Petite Sirah to his $180 Kata Cabernet Sauvignon: Because no other grape brings that black-fruited rumble quite like Petite Sirah.
Winemaker Bob Pepi
So, in Two Angels, winemaker Bob Pepi takes advantage of geography to craft this crushing under-$20 value red. While located just north of Napa County, in Lake County, the Petite Sirah that goes into Two Angels ripens under the same sunshine as its famous neighbor to the south. It grows in the same sought-after red volcanic soils. It enjoys the same cool nights—which are absolutely essential to developing the acidity to balance Petite Sirah’s generous payload of fruit, body, and tannin. The only difference is the grape prices, which come in at less than ⅓ of Napa.