2011 1105 - Library

2011 1105 - Library
2011 1105 - Library

86% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah and 5% Grenache.  This wine was created to be elegant and smooth, yet full bodied and age-able.  There should be nothing overpowering or out of balance.  Enjoy this wine now or up to 8 years of cellar aging (or longer).  

Tasting notes

Aromas of Blueberry, White Pepper, Coffee, Stone and hints of Fig and Rosemary Flowers

Flavors of Blueberries, White Pepper, Cardamom, Allspice, White Raspberry, Espresso, Leather and Cacao with hints of Flint, Tar and Flowering Rosemary

Production notes

Season: 2011 was a challenging year for winemaking.  The late rains, long cool growing season and early frosts created an atypical climate for California.  The wines became softer and lighter, yet were picked much later than normal.

Harvest: There were 4 lots of grapes which were harvested from 10/17 – 11/8 with Brix ranging from 23.5° - 29.1°. 

Vineyards: Rosewynn Vineyard – Petite Sirah

Solana Farms – Petite Sirah

Hearthstone Vineyard – Grenache and Syrah

Vinification: The grapes were cold-soaked for an average of 4 days before fermentation was initiated.  A variety of yeasts were used (including multiple native yeast fermentations).  The fermentations lasted an average of 10 days.  1 lot was left for extended maceration for 1 week post-fermentation.  The wine was then selectively pressed off (higher pressings were separated and/or discarded).

Aging:All wine was aged in barrel for 14 – 15 months. The wine was aged in separate small, individual lots and then blended after 13 months.  Oak was both French and American, with the majority being French.

Varietal Composition86% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah, 5% Grenache
AppellationPaso Robles
Acid0.60g tartaric / 100mL
Residual Sugar0.19g / 100mL
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date1/21/2013

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