Petite Sirah is Rick's emblematic wine: it's dark, brooding, substantial...and at the same time juicy, accessible, and thoroughly balanced. There's not a thing 'petite' about it, though. This intensely dark and substantial varietal is truly Dry Creek Valley’s second-place iconic grape, right after Zinfandel. It is arguably one of key varietals in the “field blends” inherent to older Zinfandel vineyards. The Wolcott vineyard, is just south of the winery (count four driveways as you head south on Dry Creek Rd), on the east side bench. The vineyard is sited on gravelly loam, and is meticulously farmed by Duff Bevill, one of the valley’s most highly-regarded vineyardists. The wine is a characteristic glass-staining bluish-black (or as our friend Dave S. says, “There’s night in my glass!”) This vintage presents a pleasant brandied cherry and baking spice nose, dark fruit flavors, and just the right degree of tannic “grip”. In addition to the usual grilled meat pairings (grilled ribeye steak dusted with black pepper!), contemplate pairing this wine with roasted root vegetables or mushroom risotto.