Early, light, and exceptional quality best describes the 2015 harvest in Lodi. The season began almost three full weeks ahead of normal and was complete by the end of September. Rains in December helped alleviate some drought issues. January was completely dry, and February rainfall was well below average. Dry conditions were mitigated by cold mornings, fog, and low weed growth. Rain in April helped ease dry soil conditions.
Once again, we have sourced our Petite Sirah grapes from the Cranston Brothers vineyards in Lodi. The rich soils in this area allow the vines to produce slightly larger berries, and thus a lower skin-to-juice ratio as compared to other grapes of the same varietal. The well drained sandy loam soils of the vineyard provide consistently delicious fruit with silky textures and an intensity of varietal character. This 80-year-old block of Petite Sirah sits on the banks of the Mokelumne River.
First, the fruit was crushed and destemmed then fermented in tanks for two weeks. After pressing, the wine spent over 2.5 years in neutral oak in order to tame the aggressive tannins this varietal is known for. The extended barrel aging also resulted in a powerful yet approachable wine that is versatile on the dinner table.
Petite Sirah is one of the biggest, most powerful and tannic wines produced in America. Benefiting from California’s ideal conditions and levels of ripeness, along with extended aging, our wine shows an inky, dark, purple color that offers flavors of black pepper, blackberries, blueberries, spice, and licorice.
Although it is not as easy to pair food with Petite Sirah as it is with Pinot Noir, this deep, rich wine can be made fruit forward despite the high tannin using salt dominant flavors in the food. For example, pairing the wine with a filet mignon, or even a burger, with blue cheese will soften the tannin and allow the fruit to explode on the palate. Try trout almandine; the salt in the almonds and the sour of the lemon will so create the same effect as the blue cheese with the beef.
COMPOSITION: 100% Petite Sirah
PRODUCTION: 177 CASES
|Wine Style||Red Wine|