2012 Haystack Vineyard, Petite Sirah
October 23, 2012
Haystack Vineyard is nestled way up in Atlas Peak, Napa Valley’s highest appellation, perched 1,500 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains. This craggy, extremely rocky site stresses the vines, resulting in small, intensely concentrated berries.
The 2012 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful, consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring good slow ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“This is a big wine, with an intense purple color, showcasing ripe strawberry, cassis, white pepper and clove aromas. A bright, youthful palate of blueberry and plum flavors, with balanced acidity, tannin, and fruit, linger through to a long, spicy finish.” - Mario Monticelli