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Petite Sirah Reserve
The 2008 harvest provided an extremely small crop of very high quality fruit; the months leading up to the harvest gave our vineyard team a vintage to remember. The year was marked by both drought conditions through winter and spring and more consecutive frost days since the early 1970s. The low rainfall, coupled with dry winds during bloom and berry set, reduced yields 25 percent or more in most varieties. Fortunately, the weather vastly improved resulting in an excellent ripening period. After the difficult growing season, we were lucky to have a “textbook” and smooth harvest. The 2008 Petite Sirah Reserve was harvested on October 30th.

Fermentation was perfect. A short cold soaking of the berries allowed for gentle extraction of color and intense fruit character while mitigating powerful yet balanced tannins. During Fermentation, temperatures were kept relatively low to avoid excessive extraction of tannin and enabling us to showcase the amazing fruit and floral characters of Petite Sirah: violet, wildflower, logan berry. Exotic spices in the wine were brought forth from the new French oak used in the crafting of the wine; sultry aromas of cardamom, allspice combined with simmering dark berries.

The exotic nature and diversity of the aroma and flavor are the truly alluring aspects of this wine; an exceptional vintage from an extraordinary grape, Petite Sirah.

Viticultural Area:  Napa, California
Fermentation:  Stainless Steel
Aging:  French Oak Barrels
Titratable Acid:  6.71 g/L
pH:  3.87
Alcohol:  13.9%
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