2011 Petite Sirah

2011 Petite Sirah

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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. The must was allowed to “cold soak” for two to four days to extract color and flavor prior to the start of fermentation. The wine was then pumped-over or punched-down up to four times a day over an eight to 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, assembled in the cellar in the spring and aged an additional year in barrels prior to bottling. While the grapes from Creston Valley Vineyard contribute dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure and touches of minerality, the Huerhuero fruit adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy characteristics. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.

Enjoy now through 2019.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Deep garnet
  • Aroma: Black cherry pie with hints of caramel
  • Taste:  Medium to full-bodied with notes of juicy dark fruit and meaty, chewy tannins


  • 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast, February 2015
  • 89 Points - Food & BeverageWorld, December 2014
  • Gold Medal - Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition 2014
  • Silver Medal - Central Coast Wine Competition 2014
Other Notes
"A strong varietal from the Paso Robles AVA" — Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Petite Sirah
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Oct. 17 — Oct. 27, 2011
18 months in French oak barrels
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