A stunning wine made from very slightly dried Petite Sirah grapes harvested from the Tenbrinks' superb vineyard. We harvest fruit on the high side of ripeness, just as vines are beginning to shut down and berries to dehydrate. The fruit is stunningly intense in flavor and maintains very high acidity even as its flavors become more rich and complex.
We do not destem and ferment the fruit in two small wooden fermenters. The whole period of fermentation and maceration is about 40 days; beginning with this vintage in 2015, we allow both fermentation and maceration to proceed without punchdown or pumpover. We produce an inky black wine of great power and intensity-- but also grace and subtle architecture. We think that allowing the cap of skins and stems to float undisturbed is the source of this new subtlety.
Surely our best vintage of this wine since 2004.