1772 Petite Sirah 2016
The 2016 vintage produced an elegant expression of Petite Sirah. The Petite Sirah from Tolosa’s estate vineyard requires more hangtime to achieve phenolic ripeness, guaranteeing the tannins are full developed to produce a balanced structure. We used a very gentle winemaking approach by implementing a delicate extraction and fermentation process. Petite Sirah is broad and big enough to be aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels. The staves for the American oak barrels are uniquely dried for 48 months compared to the usual 36 months, which contributes a softer touch of that oak on the wine.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
The vineyard block sits on a berm in the Poletti section of Tolosa’s estate vineyard, Edna Ranch. This vineyard site is situated in a slightly warmer microclimate in the Edna Valley which helps bring the Petite Sirah to full ripeness and the best maturity. The soil composition is an ancient sea bed offering good drainage that stresses the vines to develop a concentrated berry. The site is planted with clone 3, a common California clone that produces small berries and contributes to the high tannin levels, which frames the wine’s ability to age.
Color Inky purple: On the Nose Warm blackberry compote, crème de cassis, chalky limestone, anise and a subtle balsamic character
On the Palate: Oily violet, rich black cherry, licorice and sandalwood on the finish showcasing well integrated tannins that are ripe and present, but aggressive
Fermentation: Stainless steel open top fermentation tanks
Aging: Aged for 18 months, in French and American oak barrels, with 20% of them being new