Unpublished Reports

by Stephanie on May 25, 2010

A Winery north of St. Helena on Hwy 29 held a tasting each year for two years in which the 2001 and 2002 David Fulton vintages were included among ten Napa Valley Petite Sirah brands. It was a blind tasting which included from eight to ten persons, mostly wineries staff with one or two outsiders invited. The David Fulton wines came in at first place one year and second the next, and, in each case, it was selected ahead of their wine by their own staff.

Another winery south of Yountville on the Silverado Trail conducted a similar blind tasting with approximately the same number but different Petite Sirah wines, the same number of reviewers, the same appellation but an overlapping two year time period. The David Fulton vintages came in third the first year and second the next. This was the case for the winery to the north, staff from the one to the south selected David Fulton over their own.

An Historic St. Helena Historic Winery conducted a 2002 Petite Sirah tasting on 4/4/07 which included seven top level Petite Sirah brands. David Fulton placed 2nd in this grouping.

A Howell Mountain winery website in 2007 reprinted comments made by a staff member of a well-known wine shop and restaurant in Walnut Creek, California. The article listed David Fulton (along with five other wineries) as being among “…a new wave of [Petite Sirah] producers who have recently made some successful, longer-macerated, marginally softer versions that have encouraged me about the variety’s commercial future.”

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