2020 Petite Sirah
The Heritage Collection, Estate Grown, Lodi Appellation
90 POINTS & GOLD, Orange County Fair Wine Competition
Lodi’s climate and soil are ideal for Petite Sirah production. From the use of ‘head-training’ in the old world manner through careful pruning as well as bunch thinning, we optimize the ripeness that the berries achieve. HAND PICKING the fruit also ensures the fruit is in perfect condition for its upcoming transformation.
To maximize the extraction of the big flavors of Petite Sirah, we use rotary fermentation, which constantly mixes the skins and pulp with the juice so we can get every bit of flavor out of this variety. After malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred to French and American oak barrels (15% new) which allows the wine to settle and slightly concentrate its fruit flavors, as well as round out with touches of oak.
The intense inky black color of this wine exhibits a rich deep hue with perfect clarity. The senses are tempted by an array of wild blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries and dark plums. The palate is mysterious and seductively filled with bright blueberries, fleshy ripe plums, blackberries and dark chocolate with rich, round, mouth filling tannins. The finish is soft and mysterious with a hint of a blueberry breakfast bar.
- Bottled: January 18, 2022
- Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
- Total Acidity: .57g
- pH: 3.72
- Residual Sugar: .45
- Alcohol: 14.8%
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