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2016 Cholame Petite Sirah

2016 Cholame Petite Sirah

Aromas of graphite, dark currant, potpourri, candied violets and allspice linger and evolve in inspiring perfumy grace. Mouthfeel is wonderfully (and unusually) sophisticated with round and inviting flavors of black cherry, cola, and black currant. Rich without being tannic, with a touch of sweetness from American Oak.

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SKU: 16cholamepetitsirah
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Petite Sirah
Appellation
Monterey County
Harvest Date
September 13, 2016
Aging
14 months in 2 barrels
Fermentation
50% new American Oak “Saury” 50% neutral French Oak barrel
Bottling Date
April 11, 2018
Alcohol %
13.7
Winemaker Notes
We received .94 tons on September 13, 2016 in what was an early harvest throughout California. We destemmed most of the fruit into fermentation bins and it was punched down by hand during fermentation. It was then pressed and settled-out in a tank before racking to a new American Oak and used French Oak barrel. We only produced two barrels of this wine.
Vineyard Notes
This vineyard is located in the most southern outpost of Monterey County in the Cholame Valley near Parkfield, California and is almost 2,000 feet in elevation. It is dry (they get an average of 14 inches of rain a year but in the last few years have barely received any) and hot in the summers but can also experience a big diurnal shift between daytime highs and nighttime lows. The soil is calcareous/shaley loam. All of this amounts to a perfectly challenging place to grow grapes that like living on the edge of things. Petite Sirah can be a difficult grape to grow. It has a surprisingly thin skin and very tight bunches of big berries, which can pose a challenge in damp & humid climates, as it tends to form botrytis in the middle of the cluster, which can often go unnoticed until it is too late. In a drier, warmer climate it seems to thrive and escapes the potential for late season problems but even more than that it seems to love this site as it produces some of the most distinctive character and subtle character in a varietal that most people think of as bold and brash with little else to offer.
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