Medal & 94
2007 California State Fair
Tasting Notes (PDF)
||Bold Red Wine
||October 7, 2005
||25.1 Brix (at harvest)
||15 months in barrel
||February 22, 2007
This Petite Sirah exudes classic qualities like the dark brooding opaque purple-black color and serious tannins. However, this wine plays ticks on your senses as it offers contrasting delicate aromas of summer flowers and forest fruits. The deception continues as arrays of flavors appear and are constantly replaced by new sensations.
Our Petite Sirah block lies at the entrance to our ranch below the eastern face of Fitch Mountain, just east of the country town of Healdsburg. This particular block consists of well drained Suther Loam soils and is planted to the Paso Robles clone on 110-R rootstock utilizing a unilateral cordon trellis system.
We allow the grapes to cold soak for several days and then fermented the fruit utilizing a submerged cap technique with daily pump-overs. An extended maceration on the skins has softened the powerful tannins to a silky texture. After fermentation was completed, the wine is transferred to a combination of French and Central European oak barrels (40% new and 60% neutral) and allowed to age for 15 months. The results show a wonderfully complex wine full of concentrated fruit and powerful, yet balanced, tannins.
2005 was characterized as a long, moderate season which allowed for even ripening of fruit throughout spring and summer. The moderate temperatures allowed for extended hang time as we weren’t battling any heat spells and the resulting surge of Brix that can forces an early harvest before full flavors are achieved.