Very dark purple color almost black. The nose was earthy. Lots of ripe, dark red fruits, with a dusty quality to it. This bottle drank exceptionally well but got much better overnight. Good complexity of blackberry, chocolate, and cream. It definitely needed some time in the decanter. Good wine but I feel there is not much I can write about it. Not stellar but better than average. Opened up a Miner petite syrah right after it and that overtook the Arroyo.
From their site:
Vincent Arroyo Winery produces over 8,000 cases from estate vineyards. Every year we make Chardonnay, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Sangiovese and a couple red blends. In fact, our dogs make wine! We consider Petite Sirah to be our signature wine, and develop those vineyards into several different bottlings: Napa Valley Petite Sirah, which is a blend of our many Petite Sirah vineyards; 2 vineyard designated Petite Sirahs, Greenwood Ranch and Rattlesnake Acres; a Winemaker’s Reserve Petite Sirah, which is barrel-aged for 34 months; and a Petite Sirah Port. Most of these wines are sold on a waiting-list basis.
All of the varieties produced at Vincent Arroyo Winery are consistently rich with deep berry and earthy flavors which characterize the growing region of Calistoga at the tip of the Napa Valley. Each year the wines sell out. With or without tasting notes, some of these bottles are enjoyed immediately while others linger in a cellar. Because we are so small, our library is limited and we do not have the opportunity to try our past releases as often as we like. We try to share information on older vintages that our customers have enjoyed. Please contact us when you have had a “Vincent Arroyo Winery” experience. We will add the information to our page by vintage and varietal. It’s always fun to taste vicariously and think that we just enjoyed a 1990 Cabernet with a Filet of Beef in a Shallot reduction sauce!!!