2010 was a great year for growing Petite Sirah in the Russian River Valley. The year started with a wet and cold spring, followed by a hot July. The grapes were picked and sorted by hand in the early morning hours, and brought to the winery ice cold. After a five day cold soak, the must was inoculated and punched down two times per day for almost two weeks. The finished wine went down to barrel and was racked twice in 18 months before being bottled.
This 2010 Petite Sirah is all about earth and spice. The color is deep and intense, and the nose has a big, earthy and jammy intensity to it that is complemented nicely by hints of cardamom, cinnamon and all-spice. The front palate showcases some subtle fruit characters but the intense tannins and balanced acidity quickly follow. This wine is drinking well now, especially with a hearty meal, and will continue to drink well for a number of years!
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 200
Aging: 18 months in oak
Cooperage: 100% used French oak
Harvest TA: 5.2 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.80
Harvest Date: October 5th, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 25.8
Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah