2015 Petite Sirah, Clarksburg
The wine is uber concentrated and ripe with blueberry and boysenberry fruit which are elegantly wrapped in a silky vanilla wrapping. The entry of this dense Petite is both tannic and bold while maintaining a juicy, overripe profile displaying ample acidity to balance the tannins and fruit concentration making it multidimensional and food friendly. The finish is so supple and smooth that you will miss it when it is gone.
The grapes for this wine come from Wilson Farms, a 3rd generation farm established in 1922. While their first grapes were planted to other varietals it became understood rather quickly that the best two varietals to grow there are both Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah. The planting we first started making wine from was 1978, but we have diversified into other blocks which allows us to make a more complex wine and achieve maximum color extraction. Part of what makes Clarksburg a special appellation is the cooling trend that comes in from the San Francisco Bay everyday at about 3:30 pm which sweeps the heat out of the valley floor and allows the grapes to maintain their natural acidity. I like to say this is a reverse cooling trend in that moderation (of heat) comes in the afternoon rather than the early mornings as it does on the coast.
Wine Enthusiast, 03/16
“This big, imposing wine seems like it is so packed
with flavor and tannins that it hasn’t sorted itself out
yet and needs time to come into balance. It has aromas
like clove, tar and beef broth, and thick smoky, beefy
flavors. The color is dark. Best drink this after 2018.”
Rhone-Style Reds from California”
Wine Spectator, 04/17
“This red is thickly tannic, with notes of jam, spice,
pepper and tobacco, firming on the finish.”
“Thick and lush aromas of black currant, black cherry,
and ripe plum, with toasted vanilla and light spicy oak.
Round, and ripe on the palate, offering robust cooked
black and red fruit flavors, with toasty oak and peppery
spice. Rich, full finish. Great value.”