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2012 Petite Sirah, Miljenko's Vineyard
The Wine: To preserve the fruit flavors, we maintained a cool fermentation and used open-top tanks to integrate oxygen with Petite Sirah’s sturdy tannins. We aged the wine for almost three years in neutral oak barrel: 50% in foudres (large 600-gallon barrels), and the remaining 50% in neutral 60-gallon French barrels to soften and smooth the tannins.
This 100% Petite Sirah’s pure, dense flavors of ripe blueberry, blackberry and roasted co ee continue to become more complex in the glass. Match this wine’s generous flavors with substantial foods such as lamb stew, grilled steak and barbecued pork ribs. This wine will benifit from decanting an hour before serving.
Vintage: We enjoyed a wonderful growing season from start to finish in 2012. A gentle spring allowed for textbook flowering and fruit set, followed by a long procession of warm, sunny days with no nasty heat spikes. Thanks to the excellent weather, the longer-than-average growing season produced perfectly balanced and ripe grapes.
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine were grown at Miljenko’s Vineyard, a 34-acre parcel of land north of Calistoga overlooked by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s home. This sunny and well-drained hillside is the perfect site to grow intensely avored Petite Sirah. We farm naturally, without arti cial pesticides or herbicides, and the grapes are certi ed organic.