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Calistoga, Napa Valley Petite Sirah

 

Domenico Barberis came to Calistoga in 1902 and soon thereafter was able to start a vineyard and ranch as well as his large family on a scenic property on Horns Creek. This eastern side of Calistoga features the spectacular geological formation named the Palisades. These dramatic west-facing cliffs are composed of igneous rock and were formed from volcanic upheaval millennia ago. Deep saturated purple color with dusty notes of minerals, black berry cobbler, dried blueberry, violets, quince and currants. A full/broad tannin structure leads to a long and lingering finish. 141 cases produced.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 29, 2018

Alcohol: 14.9%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability: This masculine Petite Sirah is pleasurable now and built for the long haul – optimal drinking in 5-8 years.

2018 Palisades Petite Sirah (14.9% Alc)