Wines

2013 Estate Petite Sirah

  • Varieties:
    100% Petite Sirah
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.1
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.8%
  • Acidity:
    0.65g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.59
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    May 08, 2015
  • Cases produced:
    595
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Perfect! 2013 had great growing conditions, with minimal April frost, warm days/cool nights in July and August then a full Indian summer in mid-September. Vineyard yields were normal despite low winter rainfall while quality appears excellent due to small berry size.

Winemaking:
We crushed into a stainless fermentor, then added D-80 yeast 48 hours later. The must was pumped over twice daily for 11 days prior to pressing. After malolactic fermentation, this wine was aged in American oak barrels for 17 months prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
A delightful aroma profile best described as “spice rack” meets ripe plums. Fresh ground black pepper, bay leaf and clove predominate with rich plum notes in the background. This wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this intense Petite Sirah will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 5-10 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2018-2022.

Food selection:
Best match for rare beef and most spicy fare! Rich, red, sauces, Cajun, and heavy continental dishes of all types are enhanced with this concentrated Petite Sirah.