Our 2013 Petite Sirah was fermented in stainless steel tanks and punched down twice daily. The wine spent a month on the skins for extended maceration to intensify mouth feel and soften the chewy tannin. Our wine maker, Eric Lyman, then placed the wine in French Oak barrels for 24 months.
While the origins of this grape are in France, California is the place to look for the best expression of Petite Sirah. The “Petite” in the name refers not to the size of the vines, or to the concentration of flavor, but rather to the size of the grapes themselves. In fact, the high skin-to-juice ratio that is typical of this varietal produces a wine with bold tannins and balanced acidity.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Sugar||25 brix at harvest|
|Aging||24 months in 20% new French Oak|