Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Petite Sirah
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen
This deep-colored wine entices with its firm texture and bouquet featuring black pepper overtones and dark fruit flavors of plums and blackberries.

Vineyard Notes

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 flavors.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality as vineyard crews carefully selected fruit at harvest, allowing for only the finest to be chosen for this special bottling.

Winemaking Notes

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.
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