This was a project bourne out of Miss Angie’s desire to field a Petite Sirah for her “reserve’ line up. We secured a little old vine Petite from a good friend who’s a seasoned grower just down the road from us. We hand- sorted the de-stemmed berries and ended up rejecting nearly a quarter of the fruit, not because they were bad, but because we felt that some of the grapes were disrespecting us by wearing ‘49er colors and not silver and black. The wine was aged for about 16 months in once-used French oak barrels that had been used for a very expensive Pinot Noir the year before.
We also had at our disposal some really awesome Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, and Zin from the ONX vineyard just west of the 101 in Templeton. We played around with blends for a few weeks until Angie decided that the very best wine she could produce lowered the PS content to about 65%, which removed the wine out of the 75% requirement needed to label a wine varietally. So now we have a Red Blend where most of the wine is a fat, chewy Petite Sirah with a supporting cast of lush Rhone/Croatian varieties.
Remember the Leopard!