Petite Sirah

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2018 Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah 2018

94pts
2018 Petite Sirah
Delve deep into this wine’s brooding purple color. It offers up a rich aroma and flavor of blackberry jam, cocoa pastry, with an ample mouth-filling roundness. Your palate is enriched with full bodied flavors. Substantial tannins are silky and smooth with a velvety texture that fills your glass leaving you breathless.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
ACID 4.5
Varietal Petite Sirah
PH 3.7
Residual sugar 0.01
Harvest date October 11, 2018
AGING 14 months
Alcohol % 15

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TASTING NOTES

Dark, restrained yet substantial. Aromatics ranging from dark cherry, tart dark plum, with a hint of mushroom and stone.
The wine is massive yet restrained at the same time. Round on the palette with ample tannins and overall moderate acidity. The wine shows definite aging potential to 2026.


VINEYARD NOTES

Venturi Vineyard is Certified Organic and is located just north of Ukiah in the Calpella Valley on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil PH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County.


WINEMAKER NOTES

I favor American Oak that settles the acidity inherent to the Petite Sirah grape. I recommend aging no longer than 6 years since Petite Sirah often loses acidity and fruit after that time period. The warm climate of the Ukiah area is perfect for this grape allowing the perfect balance between acidity and tannins.


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