Wild Oak Vineyard
This opulent and complexly layered wine is as big and bold as they come. Floral hints of lavender and green tobacco collide with rich blueberry compote and a cool graphite minerality. Flavors of dark chocolate and boysenberry glint in this wine’s weighted mouthfeel. Velvety tannins and a quenching acidity await you in the finish.
2018 provided an ideal climate allowing time for the grapes to ripen to their optimum flavor structure. The year presented a fairly mild growing season with few heat spikes, inspiring winemakers to push harvest back a few weeks. This longer time on the vine was great for grapes and the mild temperatures kept the fruit from over-ripening. More than an inch of rain fell in early October in many locations, but there was little impact on the quality of the fruit. 2018 could be remembered as one of the longest and most desirable seasons in years, producing exceptional quality grapes throughout Sonoma County.
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.