This intensely dark Petite Sirah is truly one of Dry Creek Valley’s iconic grapes, and while it’s certainly a key component in the best “field blends”, it stands alone quite well. The Wolcott Vineyard, just four driveways south of the winery, renders beautiful fruit year after year. Our 2013 presents a pleasant brandied cherry and baking spice nose, dark fruit flavors, and just the right degree of tannic “grip”. The wine is a characteristic dark and enticing purple, and the jam-packed flavors will deepen over years of additional bottle-aging. In addition to the usual grilled meat pairings, contemplate this wine with roasted root vegetables or mushroom risotto.
Our 2013 Alicante Bouschet is a tribute to the underappreciated varietals that lent backbone to the “field blends” of yesteryear. Alicante’s known for its bold color. In fact, it was the incredibly dark color and substantial tannins of this varietal that brought it to California in the first place. Its peppery, meaty profile is balanced by dark red fruit notes, and accentuated by ample tannins. Alicante Bouschet was bred in late 1800’s France as a teinturier (tinting) grape, and is one of the few grapes with red flesh (most grapes have color only in the skins). Very little acreage of Alicante remains locally, so savor this rarity, and raise a toast to our winemaking predecessors.
Our 2013 Carignane comes from 70+ year–old, dry-farmed vines that have sunk their roots deeply, and results in grapes full of character and intensity. This vintage presents a sweet cherry and red currant profile, with the slightest hint of cocoa, and a lively spiciness on the palate. This varietal was historically a part of the field-blend in the old Zinfandel-based vineyards, and was rarely found as a varietal wine. Carignane shared similar role in its homeland (France and Spain), but in recent years it has undergone a bit of a renaissance both here and abroad. Planted in the right site (such as this!), and treated with care, it can render a lovely wine with great character.
This collection consists of one bottle each of our:
Petite Sirah, Bevill/Wolcott Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Alicante Bouschet, Sonoma County
Carignane, Forchini Vineyard , Dry Creek Valley
List Price: $111, Holiday price: 99.90. Wine Club members receive their standard club discounts based off list price.
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