Mid to late spring rains in 2014 really saved the day for this harvest. Worries of drought and water shortages scared everyone through a long, dry January, but we were almost back to a normal water level by summer (almost). We tried to be very proactive in our vineyards by dropping fruit and keeping the crop load to a minimum so as to not stress the vines in a dry year. Harvest came at right about the same time as the previous vintage, maybe a week earlier for some varietals. It was another incredible year for quality.
We harvested the grapes for our Petite Sirah in the early morning hours in early October. The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard, then destemmed and 50% crushed and put into tank for a 3 day cold soak. The must was punched down by hand once per day during the cold soak, then twice per day during fermentation. The finished wine was drained off the skins, and the skins were gently pressed at very low pressures. The wine was racked twice in its lifetime before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Earthy notes abound in aromas of our 2014 Petite Sirah. Layers of black cherry, cassis and black currant partner with hints of baking spice on the nose. On the palate, the fruit notes are big and bold up front with black cherry notes dominating. This Petite is not so petite with big, mouthwatering tannins that linger for days on the tongue.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 188 cases
Aging: 19 months
Cooperage: 100% neutral french oak
Alcohol: 14.7 %
Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah