Dark and inky, as you'd expect from this small, thick-skinned varietal. Its youth still shows in the bright pink edge of the wine. Aromas of dark berry fruit like currants and dried blueberries, along with figs and cinnamon. Flavors milk chocolate and berries, with spicy, peppery tannins. The structure of this wine will allow aging for at least 5 - 8 years, while there is enough rich fruit on the palate to balance the tannins for enjoying right away this winter with your favorite rich winter meals and cheeses.
Spicy vegetarian bean or meat chili. Rich chicken molé. Pork roast. Burgers with bacon and blue cheese. Braised short ribs, or hearty stews.
100% Petite Sirah. We harvested the Petite Sirah very ripe, around 28 brix, to produce a rich style of wine. Rather than destemming and crushing the grapes we fermented 90% whole berries and 10% whole cluster. The whole berries help accentuate fruity characteristics of this variety, and the whole cluster with stems included helps add additional tannic structure.
Aged in 80% new French oak and 20% neutral oak for 18 months. We aged this wine sur lie, stirring the lees once per month to encourage a creamier mouthfeel and chewier tannins. We used a blend of light, med and med+ toast oak to create a rounder and more structured wine without the harsh tannins sometimes attributed to Petite Sirah.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal, Orange County Fair
125 cases produced