2018 Petite Sirah – Diablo Vineyard
Diablo Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA
Extraordinarily deep in color, our Petite Sirah opens with aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry. This initial bouquet carries through to the palate where the flavors meld with warm spice tones from 12 months of aging in Neutral French and American oak barrels. Finishing with well-integrated tannins, this wine is the perfect pairing for bold flavors.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
Awards & Accolades
|92 Points, Cellar Selection||2021 Wine Enthusiast|
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Fine Sandy and Sandy Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|TRELLISING||Wide T Vertical Shoot Positioning|
|HARVEST DATES||September 26 & 27, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||27.8°|
|AGING||Neutral French and American Oak; 12 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||May 21, 2020|
The Diablo Vineyard sits at sea level providing fertile soil with an abundance of nutrients. We continuously manage both the nutrient and water levels to ensure the winegrapes develop strong flavors.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
CLARKSBURG AVA – Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.