2011 Petite Sirah
The bouquet on the seductive Petite Sirah is like taking a walk through a flower garden, alongside a conifer forest early in the morning with the aromas of last night’s rain still lingering in the air. Eventually blackberries and blueberries with a hint of brown sugar pushes to the front. Three years in oak has softened the palate and added caramel, vanilla, and even a bit of malt.
Delicate yet herbaceous aromas mingle with a rich expression of dark fruits with a sturdy structure of well integrated tannins. The perfect complement to a juicy steak or winter stew.
walk through a flower garden, alongside a conifer forest early in the morning with the aromas of last night’s rain still lingering in the air. Eventually a blackberries, blueberries, and with a hint of brown sugar pushes to the front. Three years in Oak has softened the palate and added caramel, vanilla, and even a bit of malt.
It was a long and cool summer that allowed the fruit to lounge in the vineyard late into the season. In a vintage like this, if the weather holds it can be exemplary, and if it doesn’t, we must work fast and furious. As it turned out, October 6th saw 5 inches of rain fall which caused a maelstrom of work the next three weeks. Fortunately, we knew the storm was coming and the Petite was harvested the day prior.
The fruit was hand-picked early in the morning and transported to the winery while cool. Grapes were de-stemmed and the must was cold soaked for 24 hours before being inoculated with yeast. Punch downs were adjusted in duration and frequency, depending on taste and yeast activity (one to three times per day). The wine was pressed 3 days prior to finishing fermentation. Once dry, the wine was racked off lees and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Once secondary fermentation was complete the wine was racked and aged in a mixture of French and American Oak. Though the wine was filtered, owing to its time in barrel, fining was determined unnecessary.
Pairs perfectly with filet mignon, venison, and wild mushrooms.
||October 4th, 2011
new American oak
new French oak
||July 24th, 2014