2008 Petite Sirah

2008 Petite Sirah

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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 and punch-downs took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (45% 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. Creston Valley Vineyard adds touches of minerality. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.

Enjoy now through 2015.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Intense garnet
  • Aroma: Spicy, black fruit with notes of nutmeg and fig
  • Taste: A full-bodied, balanced wine with dark ripe fruit and silky tannins


  • Recommended - Sunset Magazine, August 2011
  • Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
  • Silver Medal - Central Coast Wine Competition 2011
  • Platinum Medal - San Diego International Wine Competition 2011
  • Gold Medal, 92 Points - Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011
  • Silver Medal - Monterey Wine Competition 2011
  • Recommended Laurie Daniel, Tribune/The Grapevine, May 22, 2011
  • Silver Medal - San Francisco Wine Competition 2011
  • 92 Points, Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute World Wine Championships 2011
  • 90 Points - Paul Lukacs, Wine Review Online, March 2011
  • 88 Points, Highly Recommended - California Grapevine, February-March 2011
  • Recommended - Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, February 22, 2011
  • Silver Medal - Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition 2011
  • Recommended - Anthony Head, 805 Living, Jan/Feb 2011
  • 88 Points - The Rhône Report, Issue #6, November 2010
Other Notes
"A strong varietal from the Paso Robles AVA" — Matthias Gubler, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Petite Sirah
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Sep. 5 — Oct. 11, 2008
16 months in French oak barrels
Alcohol %