Handcraft Petite Sirah

Cellar No. 254 Petite Sirah

/ 750ml
2015 Vintage
/ 750ml
2014 Vintage
/ 750ml
2011 Vintage

A cross between Syrah and Peloursin grape varieties, Petite Sirah wine is an inky, perfumed and spicy red that has long captured the imagination of vintners in the Napa Valley. This beautiful, small-production 2014 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley handcraft Petite Sirah comes from our historic 10-acre Thomann Station Vineyard nestled just behind our winery in St. Helena. It offers the vast warmth of the valley floor and the deep gravelly loam soils that are ideal for growing Petite Sirah. The wine’s dark purple color is classic, as are the enticing aromas of blueberry, dark chocolate and juicy plum. The dense and powerful dark fruit flavors meld into a seamless frame of fine, elegant tannins. The finish is long, layered and expressive, with bold notes of toasted oak, barbecue spice and grilled meat.

Awards:

2014 Cellar NO. 254 Petite Sirah: 93+ Points The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., Dec 30 2016 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

Our Petite Sirah was gently harvested and sorted by hand to ensure the highest quality. Prior to fermentation, the grapes were destemmed but not crushed, given a 3-day cold soak, then gravity fed into open-top fermenters. The juice remained in contact with the skins for up to two weeks for maximum color and flavor extraction. Up to 10 days after fermentation, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 15 months in barrels, 66% of which was new French oak, 10% new American oak and 24% was used oak. After managing the wine as individual barrel lots through the winter, we assembled the final blend in the early spring.

Viticulture notes:

We selected all the Petite Sirah grapes from our historic Thomann Station Vineyard nestled right behind our winery in St. Helena. It offers the warmth of the valley floor and the deep, gravelly loam soils ideal for growing Petite Sirah. The 2014 season in Napa Valley was excellent-dry and warm, with early bud break, steady temperatures and long hangtime. Consistently mellow temperatures through spring and summer let the grapes ripen fully and evenly, then an unusually long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structured fruit with exceptional quality and depth.