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New Release 2011 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley Estate
$50 /$600 case
Our Signature old vine Petite Sirah from our estate vineyards is one to be remembered. Intense black berry pie, vanilla spice, river stone, and Mexican chocolate covered cherries finishing with black plums and wild violets. Ability to age and improve for decades
2010 David Fulton Winery Viognier
Floral aromas like violets, orange blossom, acacia, fresh pears, and honey make this wine unique. Apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine to suggest some of the flavors makes this one of the most complex white wines-accomplishing endless food pairing opportunities. (Viognier is also a Rhône grape like our famous Petite Sirah. Both whites can be enjoyed just on their own!
New White Wines Available
2011 David Fulton Winery Chardonnay
Honeycomb, Caramelized pears, toasted marshmallows and apricots with perfectly balanced acidity. Can be enjoyed with many types of food or simply on its own.
New Release 2011
David Fulton Winery Old Vine Sweet Petite “Port Style”
Our Estate old vine Sweet Petite is made from especially ripe, hand selected Petite Sirah grapes to create a delicious, fortified after dinner wine. The aromas of black cherry, currants, and cassis are finished with a lingering sensation of huckleberry. Only 25 cases produced.
2011 Growing Year
2011 A bit of a challenging year in the vineyards reaps rewards in the cellar
What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. The precipitation measuring season ending on June 30 found the region more than a third above normal in rainfall. But growers were rewarded with weeks of fantastic weather, a prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening time.
Most waited through the first two rains of this year to pick in October, and that patience paid off. Quality looks very good with lower alcohols, good structure and length on the palate.
Petite Sirah was a success story for 2011. The cool weather helped the vines work more efficiently and produced a beautiful vintage of this varietal with black berry and plums!
The commitment to quality runs so deep and strong in this valley that systems for effective sorting were already set-up, both in the field and at the wineries. While quantity was low, the fruit this year will make for well-balanced wines with good intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor. Most importantly, 2011 is a beautiful vintage through which to discover what makes Napa Valley’s best terroirs so compelling.
Rainfall returned after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew or pest problems.
The ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. Winegrowers were faced with a two-day heat spike into triple digits for the first time in the season, coinciding with the first day of harvest on August 24. With canopies thinned to adjust for the cooler season, grapes at various sites experienced some sunburn. The damage was variable site-to-site with many vineyards reporting no sunburned clusters at all.
The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards–concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.
Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board. from www.NapaVintners.com
True to previous years of elegance, this vintage provides a wider range of bright, high-tone fruit flavors emanating from the expected deep, dark color of the varietal. We are pleased by blackberry, fig, cinnamon, dark baker’s chocolate and licorice aromas and rewarded with flavors of red cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, and distinct vanilla on the palate. With soft tannins, this is a round, velvety, silky wine that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Less than 300 cases were produced.
“Extraordinary! = 95 Points” International Wine Review
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Bronze – Women’s International Wine Competition 2013
Sold Out 2010 Heritage 1860, Bordeaux blend with a ‘kiss’ of Petite Sirah,
This elegant Bordeaux style red opens with boysenberry, black current, cloves, pepper and then finishes with dark baker’s chocolate. We aged the wine eighteen months in small French oak barrels, blending in our Petite Sirah last. The final blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, and 14% Old Vines Petite Sirah.
We produced only two barrels of this unique blend, just 48 cases!
2010 Our Sweet Petite, Old Vines, Napa Valley Estate
Our Sweet Petite is made from especially ripe, hand selected, estate Petite Sirah grapes to create a delicious, fortified after dinner wine. The aromas of black cherry, currants, and cassis are finished with a lingering sensation of blackberry pie. This vintage is very well balanced: pleasingly sweet but not syrupy. It is available in 375 ml bottles only (splits.) We produced only two barrels = 98 cases/half bottles only.