Nose

dusty notes of minerals, black berry cobbler, dried blueberry, violets, quince and currants.

Palate

A full/broad tannin structure leads to a long and lingering finish. This masculine Petite Sirah is pleasurable now and built for the long haul – optimal drinking in 5-8 years

Growing Conditions

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity

Winemaking

The fruit was hand-sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open-top fermentation and pumped over the skins two times per day. Pressed to 100% French Burgundian Oak of which 30% were new. Aged 18 months.

Aging

Aged 18 months

Appearance

Inky dark color.