As its name suggests, Petite Sirah grows in tight
clusters of small grapes with intense character.
When crafted with care, it can yield dark, decadent
and desirable wines. After we hand harvested the
fruit, we cold-soaked the grapes to gently extract
the signature color and rich flavors that draw us
to this varietal. During fermentation, the juice was
pumped over the skins several times a day, which
allowed thorough extraction of varietal character.
We aged the wine for 18 months in a combination
of French and American oak barrels, almost 30
percent new, to lend structure and hints of spice
to the wine.
We sourced our Petite Sirah from the Napa
Valley, primarily from Jonquil Vineyards in Pope
Valley. This vineyard, situated in the northern
reaches of the valley just east of Calistoga at an
elevation of 800 to 1,000 feet, experiences warm
daytime temperatures, ideal for developing the
rich, dark fruit flavors of this varietal. At night,
the temperatures cool considerably, allowing fi ne
balancing acids to develop. The grapes mature
slowly, resulting in intricate layers of aromas and