Extraordinarily deep in color, our 2014 Winery Exclusive Petite Sirah opens with aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry. This initial bouquet carries through to the palate where the flavors meld with warm spice tones from 14 months of aging in French and American oak barrels. Finishing with well-integrated tannins, this wine is the perfect pairing for bold flavors like mole sauce and aged cheeses.
Petite Sirah is a sturdy vine that thrives in many types of terroir including the highly organic Detla soil that sits below sea level in the Clarksburg Appellation where our vineyard is located. We continuously manage nutrient and water levels in the vineyard in order to develop the depth of flavors intrinsic to Petite Sirah.
After a cold snap in December 2013, the 2014 growing season transitioned to a mild winter and spring. With the current drought conditions we welcomed the late February and early March rains that were well-timed and kept the vines growing. Consistent sunny weather from mid-March on led to early bud break in the vineyards as temperatures rose. A few weeks of warm weather in the late summer months allowed the winegrapes to ripen early, making 2014 one of the earliest harvests on record. On the vine, most varietals had loose clusters that
resulted in even veraison, bringing about uniform ripening which is necessary for winegrapes to develop great flavors and color. With average yields and great quality, the 2014 season produced another unique vintage.