The year began with an abundance of rain, followed by a mellow spring resulting in a good berry set with very little shatter. An early September heat wave jump-started the beginning of harvest, followed by cool weather which allowed additional hang time and phenolic ripeness while sugar levels remained stable. Most of the fruit was picked in mid to late September, making it one of the earliest vintages on record. This expressive and full bodied Petite Sirah exhibits a deep purple hue, revealing an assortment of wild berries, violets, licorice, pencil lead shavings, roasted coffee beans and fresh tobacco. The texture is gorgeous with richness and layers that give way to the long vibrant finish.
Varietals: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon