2005 Petite Sirah
The grapes for this vintage were hand picked and sorted for quality in the vineyard. The fruit was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and bins. Over three days the must was allowed to cold soak to extract color and flavor prior to the start of fermentation. Pumpovers took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (33% new) to complete malolactic fermentation. The final blend was chosen as a result of frequent tasting sessions. The Jardine Petite Sirah contributes dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure. The Penman Springs adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy characteristics. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.
Enjoy now through 2015.
- Color: Deep, inky purple
- Aroma: Plum, raspberry and dried cherry with dried sage and spicy oak notes
- Taste: Ripe plum and black cherry flavors with cedar and sweet oak components, a soft and luscious texture supported by ripe tannins and balanced acidity
- Exceptional – Dan Berger, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, April 3, 2008
- Wine of the Week - About Wine, November 2007 “Vina Robles has produced a beautiful Petite Sirah. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored, full-colored red wine that can certainly hold its own. The flavor profile speaks of dark fruit, particularly plum and blackberry spring to the top of the palate while the subtler voices of vanilla and peppery spice sing in the background. This is a ritzy wine find that is more than suitable for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner selections. Additional preferred pairings include rich sausage, prime rib and grilled entrees.”
- 88 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2007 “Glass-staining ruby. Sexy red and dark berry aromas, with gentle oak spice and floral qualities adding interest. Plum and cherry on the palate, which displays a sweet, tannin-free personality, quite unlike most examples of this often rugged variety. Finishes sweet and persistent.”
- Laurie Daniel / The Grape Vine - The Tribune / San Jose Mercury News, October 2007 “Despite the name petite sirah is usually a big, bold wine. That’s true of this one, but it also manages to retain some elegance. The wine is dark and dense, with ripe-yet-bright blueberry and black raspberry fruit and fine tannins.”