Sold Out 2010 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley Estate
EARLY RELEASE, BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Typically, we release our Petite Sirahs in October each year. It seems however, that each vintage is selling out faster and earlier. The 2009 was sold out by June! So, here we are…releasing our 2010 – early!
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.