Intensity, complexity, structure, and elegance are the signature descriptors of this classic wine. Aromas open with clove, spice and concentrated black fruit. As the wine opens distinct blackberry notes are revealed along with balanced acidity, rounded tannins and fresh fruit flavors. Vanilla, brown sugar and subtle pepper persist at the finish with lingering juicy red fruit as well.
“Its beauty is in the variety of sourcing,” says Winemaker Christophe Paubert of his Napa Valley Petite Sirah. While grapes from our 30-year old estate vines form the backbone of this wine – and are easily the most powerful fruit in the blend -- Paubert likes to add grapes from both northern and southern Napa Valley vineyards to intensify and broaden the wine’s profile to include floral, spice and fruit characteristics.
The 2009 growing season in Napa Valley was notable for its lack of significant weather events. A dry winter gave way to rains in early spring, and temperate weather at the time of bud break brought little in the way of frost damage. Flowering and fruit set were facilitated by dry weather in late spring, and a relatively moderate summer gave the fruit ample time to ripen slowly to its full potential. There was a brief rain event in early/mid-October, but by that time the vast majority of the grapes were safely in the winery.
Petite Sirah is a varietal that demands blending and diversity of vineyard site to achieve its full potential. This current vintage includes varietals that have been traditionally blended as components for our Napa Valley Petite Sirah including Syrah, Grenache and Mouvèdre. The wine is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months which imparts more powerful aromatics. Intensity, complexity, structure, and elegance are the signature descriptors of this classic wine.
Varietal Composition: 78% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 3% Mouvedre