Wild Oak Vineyard
90 Points | Wine Spectator | August 2017
Gold Medal | Harvest Challenge | November 2017
This deeply colored wine shows off rich and spicy flavors and aromas of dark chocolate-covered blueberries, boysenberry compote, and licorice along with a touch of smoky bacon. Big and full-bodied, it has great structure, firm tannins, and a very lengthy finish.
Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high-quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics, and excellent structure.
A thick-skinned varietal, Petite Sirah has a vigorous canopy, needing long, warm days in order to fully mature. Our Certified Sustainable Wild Oak Estate Vineyard is located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains, where well-drained soils and hot summer afternoons provide the warm, dry climate and growing conditions that Petite Sirah loves.
The grapes undergo a gentle cold soak before fermentation to extract optimal color and aroma. Fermentation is watched closely, and when a balance is found between tannin and fruit, the wine is racked off its skins and pumped into 60% new French oak barrels where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation, followed by 18 months of aging.