"A juicy and rich red with
blackberry, blueberry and mint.
Full body, chewy tannins and a
fresh finish. A vivid petite sirah." - James Suckling, December 2017
“A Frenchman working in Napa Valley, Christophe Paubert has gone a little crazy over petite sirah, including it in a number of his cabernet-based wines, while continuing the winery’s historic focus on the grape in this varietal bottling. He takes a markedly elegant approach to a grape that is often aggressively extracted and overtly tannic, presenting a zesty wine with perfumed notes to its black fruit and a stony feel to its tannins. Give this hours in a decanter if you open it now; it will be best with ten to 12 years of age.” - Josh Greene, December 2017
With its rich core of blueberries, blackberry, lavender and pepper spice, the 2014 Napa Valley Petite Sirah displays the plush elegance and finesse for which our Petite Sirahs are known. The generous blackberry and black raspberry flavors remain powerful, yet are supported by lovely cinnamon, clove and cedar baking spice notes from the oak aging. There is beautiful freshness and mouthwatering acidity which runs throughout the wine, making it unbelievably soft with restrained tannins and a generous lengthy finish. This is an inviting wine that encourages you to enjoy it now but has the complexity to age for many years to come.
Grapes from the vineyards located on our estate’s deep, rocky soils make up the backbone of this Napa Valley Petite Sirah. Carefully selected fruit from both northern vineyards in Calistoga and St. Helena and southern vineyards in Oakville, Oak Knoll and Coombsville are added to intensify and broaden the wine’s profile to include floral, spice and fruit characteristics. Petite Sirah is a varietal that is enhanced by the deliberate diversity of our vineyard sites.
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and verasion, harvest was unusually early in 2014. Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing a Petite Sirah of wonderful quality.
Continuing the same time-honored techniques that have made Petite Sirah one of our winery’s staples, Winemaker Christophe Paubert practiced simple and traditional methods to show the uniqueness of the Petite Sirah fruit. Avoiding over-extraction, the wine went through a relatively short maceration period (nine to 12 days on average) that included fermentation, and two of these lots were co-fermented with Viognier to reinforce the floral character of the Petite Sirah. The wine aged for 12 months in American oak barrels (25% new), allowing the spiciness of the oak to complement the natural spice character of the varietal. The final blend included small amounts of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre to bring further complexity to the finished wine.
Varietal Composition: 76% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 2% Mixed Rhones