2015 Haystack Vineyard, Petite Sirah
October 16, 2015
22 months, 100% French oak (75% new)
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.
Universally speaking, 2015 produced lower yields but excellent quality and concentration. Due in part to the drought, but more so an extended period of cool weather during the bloom period in May and June, our grape clusters were on the lighter side and our berries stayed smaller with thicker skins. The consistently warm summer led to slightly earlier-than-normal ripening on the valley floor and high stress conditions in our mountain vineyards. The resulting wines are beautifully fruity and focused with terrific acidity.
“This big Petite Sirah is dense ruby purple in color and showcases intense aromas of ripe huckleberry aromatics, nuances of tar and tobacco, perfect for a robust cigar. These powerful, intense flavors and big, chewy tannins carry through on the palate leaving a sense of grip, spicy minerality and briary fruit. The finish is long and strong with dense tannins and balanced extraction. This wine will mature gracefully with time in the bottle.” – Mario Monticelli
100% Petite Sirah