VINEYARD & HARVEST NOTES
Petite Sirah is a dark and brooding grape varietal. The texture and tannins come directly from the skins and as a result — the Kelseyville Bench, Lake County California region provides rich soils to allow the vines to produce slightly larger berries — and the larger berries produce a high juice to skin ratio. Luscious and juicy fruit remains the signature of our Petite Sirah program.
Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the 2011 Petite Sirah. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver a juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture.
“To soften the tannins and enhance the brooding fruit character we targeted a slightly shorter than average fermentation and skin contact time. We have found that the shorter fermentation time with Petite Sirah allowed us to capture all of the fruit character and reduce the tannins. After fermentation we moved the Petite Sirah into small French and American oak barrels to develop the wonderful flavors of rich caramel, vanilla bean, and roasting coffee aromatics. The vintage gives vibrant color, unbridled berry character and plenty of texture creating the perfect balance.