This is our second release of Petite sirah from here on the estate. “Petite” was grafted in 2014 to give us a blending component for our Grenache as it is well known for making wines with great color and tannin structure. It has been planted here in the Valley for over 100 years and is a valued component in our Rossi Ranch Zinfandel and is widely scattered about the vineyard in our neighbor’s Pagani ranch. While it is often regarded as a rather “rustic” wine, I feel it can reach remarkable heights when made in a gentle manner more like Pinot noir, where we can maximize the inherent blueberry fruit nature and keep the extraction and tannin in balance. These wine age particularly well and my earlier Petite sirah wines made from Kick Ranch fruit in Santa Rosa and the ’12 and ’13 versions are still improving in bottle!
I’ve been so happy with these “petite” wines (although they are anything but petite!) from the Estate that I planted more in 2021 so that we will be able to offer an annual release. In the meantime, I’m left with just looking at what is left over after making the best GSP and Pioneer Cuvee blends and have only been able to put together a 3 barrel blend in every second year. This wine combines about equal percentages of ’18 and ’19 vintages and we have added a small amount of Grenache to add some cherry fruit and some estate Syrah to round out the tannin structure. The wine is still big and brawny and well matched to heavier winter dishes. Drink now or over the next 10 years.