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Carver Sutro Wines

Carver Sutro Wines Palisades Vineyard sits in a small riparian valley northeast of Calistoga in the northern end of the Napa Valley. It is bisected by an occasionally torrential Horns Creek, and is blessed with the kind of cobbley loam soil and very hot summers that are perfectly suited for growing Petite Sirah and other Rhone style wines. The tradition of grape growing at Palisades Vineyard dates to 1902 when Domenico Barberis, an immigrant from the small village of Murialdo in Genoa, Italy, came to California to find work and make a safe homestead for the family he did not yet have. Gilda Stella (whom Domenico had not met until she came to California at the urging of one of the other Barberis brothers) joined Domenico after he had secured work in the Calistoga mines. He had found the property that became Palisades Vineyard before Gilda arrived; together they planted it to its first vines soon after their wedding. The Barberis's had 6 children all of whom were born at Palisades Vineyard. Domenico and Gilda and then their children farmed Palisades Vineyard for some 90 years.


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3106 Palisades Road, Calistoga, CA, US, 94515 Email:
Phone: 707-942-1029 Web:
Fax: 707-942-5167
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  Carver Sutro Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah
People ask us all the time which vintage we think is the finest we've produced. Because wine tasting is so personal, our ideas on this subject vary from time to time. Every vintage we've produced has had its particular excellence and appeal. The 2001 we believe embodies the best of all of the vintages that have come before. Here are Robert Parker's comments regarding the 2001 barrell sample: "Potentially better (than the 2000), the 2001 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard is a full bodied, terrifically endowed offering with superb purity, a big texture, and a style that will please readers looking for palate-staining, teeth-rattling, massive reds. It should drink well for 12 - 15 years." Score: 91-94 -- The Wine Advocate


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