October 12, 2009
French Oak, 45% new
April 22, 2011
2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Like our other Petite and Syrahs from 2009, the NV Petite shows rich, sexy fruit with seamless balance. Flavors and aromas of blackberries, forest floor, roasted coffee, tar, and a hint of marzipan. Toasted oak integrates well and supports a mouth-filling structure, with fine tannins, that finishes long.
Gold Medal - 2012 US National Wine Competition; 89 points TWA (AG)
The 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah was sourced from a one-acre vineyard in southern Napa Valley. Comprised of sandy loam and alluvial stones, this site is extremely well drained. The 18 year-old vineyard is comprised entirely of the Palisades clone from up-valley. The sun and temperature are fairly moderate with morning fog, until September, which can be hot and is beneficial to Petite Sirah. Very low yields contribute to concentrated and balanced wines, and small-lot production.
We are often asked, “How can you produce both quality Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah, as they are complete opposites as wines?” Well, we make our Petite much like we do our Pinot: four/five day cold soaks with 2x daily pump-overs followed by 2x daily punch downs, albeit a little more vigorous. Our fermentation temperatures are a little higher and we don’t add any whole-clusters, but the main difference is that when the Petite goes to barrel the “beatings” begin; we rack with a full splashing to integrate air every four months. We generally age our Petite 17-19 months in French oak, 45% new.