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2016 Petite Sirah

Dark, brooding notes of black cherry and baking spice are complemented by licorice and a touch of earthiness. In the glass, this deeply saturated wine unveils a complex palate of blackberry, wild raspberry, and a spicy dose of black pepper. The mouthful of firm tannins is balanced by the dense fruit and Petite Sirah’s bright acidity.

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Tasting Notes

The drought conditions of 2016 resulted in yet another concentrated vintage for our Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah. Over the years we’ve produced it from mature vines on a steep Yorkville hillside, we’ve noted its consistent flavors and aromas. These are all the more focused in the excellent ’16 vintage. Dark, brooding notes of black cherry and baking spice are complemented by licorice and a touch of earthiness. In the glass, this deeply saturated wine unveils a complex palate of blackberry, wild raspberry, and a spicy dose of black pepper. The mouthful of firm tannins is balanced by the dense fruit and Petite Sirah’s bright acidity. 30 months of barrel aging have added the structure for years of cellar potential.

Vineyard Designation

Summerwind Vineyard

Vineyard Notes

2016 was the last of four long years of drought, which had a profound impact on the grapegrowing conditions. With little water in the ground. the vines started their growing season earlier each year during the drought. Over the course of a decade, 2016 was by far the earliest we had seen vines bud out, but luckily there was no frost during the spring. While the summer temperatures were moderate, the fall weather saw overall cool conditions, and the Petite Sirah hung in the vineyard for an additional month.

Winemaker Notes

The fruit cold-soaked for 24-hours and was inoculated with yeast the next morning. Pumping over the Petite was adjusted in duration and frequency, depending on taste and yeast activity (one to three times per day). The ferment was pressed off between at 2 Brix. Once dry, the wine was racked off lees and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. MLF was done in tank and barrel, and upon completion, racked into barrel.

Awards

Gold Medal: San Francisco Intl Wine Competition 90 points: Wine Enthusiast
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Petite Sirah
Varietal Composition 100% Petite Syrah
Appellation Yorkville Highlands
Harvest Date October 2nd, 2016
PH 3.82
Aging 30 months
Barrel Aging 30 months
Bottling Date June 26th, 2016
Alcohol % 14.2
Size 750 ml