100% Petite Sirah
22 months, 100% French Oak
August 15, 2015
$45.00 – $95.00
Description Petite Sirah can truly be a diamond in the rough from some of California’s best producers. Rich, velvety, dense, and – at Montelena at least- ageable, the wines are typically an excellent value. Our dry-farmed Petite Sirah comes from 100 year old vines on the south-west side of Calistoga. As is the case in the vineyard–where ignoring the temptation for over-ripeness is paramount–in the cellar we grapple with the seemingly ubiquitous tendency to over-extract, and instead aim for balance, structure, and nuance, the cornerstones of great wine.
Nose Get ready for an endless parade of red and dark fruit as the wine opens with blackberry, strawberry jam, and dried fig in quick succession. These yield quickly to softer notes of cocoa and anise which become more pronounced with time in the glass.
Palate The acidity and tannins of this wine are an immediate one-two punch but are complemented by undertones of dried plum, allspice, and hazelnut, all wrapped in a finely-knit texture that will need time to open up.
Finish There’s a hint of Earl Grey tea on the finish as the mouthfeel transitions from somewhat coarse and angular to smooth and viscous. The black pepper notes are unmistakable as are the hints of cedar and cloves.
Vintage Weather From the outset, 2013 had the makings of a blockbuster year. Little to no spring rain set the vineyards up for early season stress resulting in concentrated fruit with deep, dark color. The vines thrived in the heat of the summer and ripening progressed slowly and methodically. Compared to the acclaimed 2012 vintage, the 2013 wines will be remembered for their density and power.