2009 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley Estate
There were considerably less days of frost in 2009 than in previous years which lowered to some extent the danger of crop loss. However, late spring rains delayed warm weather until June weather curtailed excessive canopy development. Finally, there were nearly 14 days of 100oF temperatures which brought our overall weather around to a typical growing season.
This year’s vintage, though unique by itself, packs the same wallop of earlier ones. Dark, big and massive as you would expect of a David Fulton, you will find with this one that Petite Sirah is not just a name—it’s our plan for the game. Black fruit and cassis on the nose, the flavors of black berries, black pepper, allspice, cloves and creamy sweet oak are a few of the descriptors that come to mind. The mid palate is coating, thick and packed with texture. There is a long finish with a bit more grip than usual. Drink now, hold for a year or two, or lay it down for a decade—your choice. 281 cases.
93 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine
SILVER International Women’s Wine Competition, 2012
SILVER San Francisco Chronicle Int’l Wine Comp. 2012
SILVER American Fine Wine Competition, Boca Raton, Florida 2012
SILVER San Diego’s International Wine Competition, 2013
2008 Heritage 1860, Bordeaux blend with a ‘kiss’ of Petite Sirah,
The wine displays aromas of boysenberry, black current, cloves, allspice and pepper with nuances of dark chocolate and hints of oak. The wine exhibits depth and concentration that caries through to a long, rich finish. This wine is like liquid silk. Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 10% Petite Sirah.
We produced only one barrel of this unique blend, just 24 cases!
2008 Our Sweet Petite, Old Vines, Napa Valley Estate
Our Sweet Petite is a fortified wine made from our over-ripe Petite Sirah grapes with grape brandy added at the precise moment during fermentation to create a delicious after dinner wine. This vintage is very well balanced: pleasingly sweet but not syrupy. It is available in 375 ml bottles only (splits.) We produced only one barrel = 50 cases.
PLATINUM San Diego International Wine Competition, 2012
84 Points Wine Enthusiast
BRONZE American Fine Wine Competition, Boca Raton, FL 2012