2009 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 four days, the must was allowed to “cold soak” to extract color and flavor prior to the start of fermentation. Pumpovers and punch-downs took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) to complete malolactic fermentation.
The final blend was chosen after numerous tasting sessions. The Jardine Petite Sirah contributes dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure. The Creston Valley Vineyard adds touches of minerality, while Huerhuero adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy characteristics. A percentage of Syrah from Cammatta Hills brings flesh and body to the blend. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.
Enjoy now through 2016.
- Color: Opaque garnet
- Aroma: Spicy, black fruit with notes of nutmeg
- Taste: A full-bodied, balanced wine with notes of fresh plum and firm tannins
- Gold Medal - Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition 2013
- 89 Points - Wine Spectator, November 30, 2012
- Silver Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition 2012
- Silver Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2012
- 91 Points, Silver Medal - California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2012
- 90 Points, Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2012
- Platinum Medal - Monterey Wine Competition 2012
- Silver Medal - Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition 2012
- Silver Medal - San Diego International Wine Competition 2012
- 89 Points - Wine Enthusiast, June 2012
- Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2012
- 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2011
- 89 Points - Jeb Dunnuck's The Rhone Report, Issue 10, December 2011