Wines

2012 Estate Petite Sirah

  • Varieties:
    100% Petite Sirah
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.8
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.8%
  • Acidity:
    0.68g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.55
  • Residual sugar:
    0.03 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    May 08, 2014
  • Cases produced:
    688
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Finally! 2012 had relatively normal conditions, minimal April frost, warm to hot days/cool nights in July and August then a mild Indian summer in late Sept/early Oct. Early indications are that the 2012 is the best vintage since 2007 and possibly since the famous 1997 vintage.

Winemaking:
The hand harvested grapes were crushed into a stainless fermentor, D-80 yeast was added 24 hours later. The must was pumped over twice 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 2017-2020.

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