Petite Sirah from Russian River AVA of Sonoma.
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Petite Sirah Tasting NotesThe color is so inky dark you think it will stain your glass. The viscosity gives the legs the thickness of a weightlifter. The nose is of dark fruit with the most dominant being blueberries. It is robust, lush and smooth all at the same time. Dark fruit comes through on the palette for a full finish which includes blackberries and blueberries. Great now but will certainly age gracefully. Cheers!
Petite Sirah Production PracticesGrapes were handpicked into ½ ton picking bins; clusters were sorted by hand before being de-stemmed. Under-ripe and damaged fruit were removed during the sorting process. All grapes entered the open-top bins as whole berries. Yeast used: Petite Sirah-- Fermol Super 16, known for soft, round, full structure and aromatic range. Fermented to dryness over 17 days. During fermentation, punch down took place two to four times daily to extract ripe tannins and intense flavors from the skins. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel to help incorporate the oak.
Petite Sirah Specifics
- 100% Petite Sirah
- Barrel aging: 21 months in 225-L French oak barrels, 100% once used
- Barrels: Center of France, Vosges, Allier, Nevers
- Punched Down: 2-4 times daily during fermentation
- Racking: every 3 months
- Petite Sirah: Harvest date 10/11/09
- Harvest method: 100% hand-harvested
- Fermentation: 15 days with Fermol Super 16 yeast
- Malolactic fermentation: Natural in barrel
- Bottled: August 6, 2011
- pH: 3.58
- Alcohol: 14.7%
- Released: May, 2011