Dark, opaque, black ruby in color, this wine broods complexity of black fruit: black currant and blackberry jam. It is quite complex with dried herbs, dried cherry, juniper berry, black pepper, clove, aromatic cedar, mushroom and toast. The oak age has enhanced this wine's development, but is nicely integrated leaving the fruit to be the dominant force. The flavors are reminiscent of cherry and plum juice, nicely integrated with a great balance of acidity and chewy tannins. This Petite Sirah has tremendous length of flavors from the initial sniff to the lingering finish in the mouth. Try it with black peppercorn steaks. Enjoy.
59 gallon French and American oak barrels, with 21 % new French oak and 11% new American oak from World Cooperage. After a five day cold soak, the must was allowed to warm and yeast D254 or F15 was added.
Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days at 76-88˚ F, with pump over twice a day. Malolactic inoculation was at the end of primary fermentation, and completed during extended maceration of 20 + days.