Usually Stags' Leap makes amazing wines, but their 2007 Petite Syrah [sic] from Napa Valley is far less than amazing. It started off well with a dark inky purple color. The nose exhibited dark chocolate, licorice, and slightly vegetative flavors most notably asparagus. On the palate the first thing I noticed was the alcohol which isn't very high at 14.3%, but it shows far too much. The wine is also slightly astringent with green flavors as well as bitter-sweet chocolate. The high acidity and alcohol bite the tongue. I was very disappointed by this overpriced wine ($35).
If you don't know Stags' Leap, don't take this as indicative of their winemaking skills. They usually make outstanding Cabs and Merlots. Liza at Brix Chicks had the 2008 Petite Sirah and loved it. So hopefully the 2007 was just an off year.