Handcraft Petite Sirah

Cellar No. 254 Petite Sirah

/ 750ml
2015 Vintage

This small-production wine is 100 percent Petite Sirah. It’s the classic dark purple color of the variety, with aromas of dark fruit, lavender and vanilla that are nearly irresistible. The palate is just as rich and includes plum, juicy blueberry, a touch of spice and hints of fruit pie. The dense mouthfeel is lushly smooth, with elegant tannins that create a very long finish echoing with more fruit and vanilla.

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. After fermentation, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. It aged for 14 months in barrels, 62% of which was new French oak, 13% new American oak and 25% was used oak. The wine was managed as individual barrel lots then cellar blended and returned it to barrels to allow the lots to integrate. After barrel aging, the wine matured in bottle another 12 months.

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 2015 vintage was another in a string of dry, steady, early growing seasons with tremendous quality. Mild weather without heat spikes or cool stretches lasted through the spring and summer, allowing slow, even ripening that built excellent ripeness and complexity. Harvest came several weeks earlier than average and dry conditions let us pick at optimal ripeness. The result was small berries with intense aromatics, concentrated ripe fruit flavors and outstanding structure and balance.