2012 Paso Robles Petite Sirah
95 pts & Gold Medal, CA State Fair 2016; 90 pts & Gold Medal, Critics Challenge 2016; An incredible expression of one of California's rarest grapes!
Blueberry essence is immediate on the nose, and with a bit of air opens up to reveal violet florals, cedar shavings, dark berry and wood smoke. Rum raisin, savory coffee, and blackberry compote flavors mingle on a dense, yet open-knit and expressive palate. A runaway favorite for pairing with a rich, fatty steak or anything else with bold, oversized flavors.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Coffee
Lot 458 is sourced from one of the godfathers of the “new” Petite Sirah budwood on the Central Coast. This man has done more to propagate the varietal than just about anyone there, leading to a renaissance of Petite Sirah that is just now beginning to see some real momentum (plantings of this varietal languished throughout the 2000s, and it continues to be one of the rarest grapes in California). The wine itself has spent almost three years in barrel, patiently developing its dark intensity into an open-knit, accessible package. At $15/bottle, this is an absolutely ridiculous value for a wine of this quality.