A touch of a cooler year in the Russian River has provided us with a Petite Sirah that, reminds me more of blend of Cornas and Côte Rôtie. Its purple, black color has hints of dark ruby on the rim. If you’re into blackberry pie filling in a perfectly baked pie shell, this wine is for you. Mixed in are subtle hints of dried apricots and peaches and savory notes that adds an extra dimension to the aromatics.
A full-bodied wine with a sweet silky mouthfeel and just enough minerality and structure to carry this wine. The flavors are true reflection of the aromatics with a touch of Australian black licorice weaving through the wine from the midpalate to the lengthy finish.
Simply put, it is one of my favorite varietals. Always deep, dark, and inky. This one comes from a 55° slope vineyard that is incredibly rocky and makes the vines work that much harder. I love this particular petite because the nose always is about black fruits and floral aromas, but what intrigues me is the hint of peach and apricot in both the aromatics and taste. The palate is like a mystery novel. You never know which way it will turn!
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Landy Sweetwater Springs, Sustainably Farmed, planted in 2004
Ranging from 300 to 1000 ft. in elevation, the lower elevations are exposed to the cooling influence of the fog, while the hillside fruit gets more than its fair share of sun exposure.
Vinification: 100% Petite Sirah; 112 cases produced.
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 10% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in 60% new large-format new French oak and 40% neutral French oak barrels. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2050 (whoa!)
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