100% Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley
Rich plum, fig, and dark chocolate on the nose. Deep opaque purple in color. Full-bodied on the palate with well-coated tannins, ripe bramble fruit, and hints of baking spices and fresh tarragon. Long mineral finish with well-balanced acidity. MB (6/22)
Petite sirah is a close relative to syrah. Like syrah, it is a dark colored grape that yields wines with floral aromas, deep color and full, rich tannins. To moderate tannins, we fermented the grapes destemmed, as whole berries. Aging in twenty-five percent new oak over sixteen months has softened the wine. Built to age, it will be enjoyable for the next twelve to fifteen years. JO (3/21)
The oldest petite sirah vines on our Lytton Estate were planted in 1901 and the youngest in 2008. We made our first wine from the property in 1972. In 2002, we began bottling portions of the petite sirah as a separate wine for a limited release, up until then it had always been included in the Lytton Springs Zinfandel. In 2003 we made another limited release and in 2009 our first national release.
Rainfall: 25 inches (below normal)
Weather: Rains in April and May helped the vines get through the summer.
Harvest Dates: 17 September – 3 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5˚
TA: 6.05 g/L
Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation. Natural primary and secondary; limited pump-overs to once daily; pressed at tens days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (25% new, 20% one year-old, 15% two years-old, 15% three years-old, 15% four years-old, and 10% five years-old).
Aging: Sixteen months in barrel
Hand-harvested; estate-grown organic grapes; destemmed, whole berry fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 73 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
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