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
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.
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.