Wines

2011 Estate Petite Sirah

  • Varieties:
    100% Petite Sirah
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.8
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.5%
  • Acidity:
    0.69g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.67
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    February 15, 2013
  • Cases produced:
    599
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
2011 proved to be worse than 2010 or 2009 with record spring frosts in the first week of April with 3 consecutive nights in the mid 20's. Whites and early reds had almost no crop and later reds had light crops. A long cool summer followed by rains in late September and October forced harvest into November for most wineries.

Winemaking:
We crushed into a stainless fermentor, then added D-80 yeast 24 hours later. The must was punched down (by hand) four daily for 14 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”. Fresh ground black pepper, bay leaf and clove predominate with some toffee notes in the background. This wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of rich 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 4-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2015-2020.

Food selection:
Bring on the spices!! Rich, red sauces, cajun, and heavy continental dishes of all types are enhanced with this concentrated petite sirah.