2011 Petite Sirah

2011 Petite Sirah
Creston Valley

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The microclimate and soils in our estate Creston Valley Vineyard located southeast of Paso Robles encouraged us to bottle this limited-production Petite Sirah. Rolling hills, picture perfect exposure and shallow soils with noticeable limestone all contributed to exceptional Petite Sirah fruit from this vineyard.

The grapes for this vintage were handpicked 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. Pump-overs and punch-downs took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. This exceptional lot warranted a separate bottling. Distinctive of the Creston Valley terroir, the vineyard’s limestone soil is expressed through the wine’s chalky tannins.

Enjoy now through 2018.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Garnet
  • Aroma: Dark plum and boysenberry with hints of fine tobacco and spice
  • Taste: Full-bodied with good acidity and a firm structure; dark fruit tones and notes of mineral unfold into a lingering finish


  • 89 Points - Wine Enthusiast, February 2015
Other Notes
"A limited-release Petite Sirah showcasing the potential of the Paso Robles AVA" — Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Petite Sirah
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Oct. 17 — Oct. 19, 2011
18 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels
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