This Petite Sirah is dark, powerfully flavored, and intense. The flavors of blueberry, black currant, and dark plum tones explode and then resonate in your mouth. This wine luxuriated for 18 months on 100% French oak, allowing just the right amount of time to fully integrate with the complex flavorings of the French oak. One moment, there's dark chocolate enticing your senses, then some exotic spice moves in and dances on your tongue. As the name Pizzicato denotes, this wine has lots of "pluck" - so you better be ready for some serious wine. In matching with food, big flavors only need apply!
Vineyards: Bingham Ranch is one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. It has been in the same family since the mid 1800's, homesteading times, and was planted with vineyards in the 1950's. The Petite Sirah was planted in the 1980's, and is on the northern edge of the ranch. It is a small berry clone that benefits from extended hang time for optimal ripeness.
The Wine: Harvested in mid October in perfect conditions, then hand sorted, and crushed and de-stemmed into half ton macro fermenting bins. A three-day cold soak was done before fermentation. Hand punched down twice a day during fermentation and then gently pressed off and put into 100% French oak barrels. The wine was racked four times while aging in barrels, and then lightly filtered for bottling. 3% 2010 Zinfandel was added in the final blend to soften the edges.
Vineyards & Composition
100% Bingham Ranch, Napa Valley
97% Petite Sirah
Bottled: March 2015
Released: April 2015
Production: 190 Cases
Gold Medal - 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal - Consumeer Wine Awards Int'l Judging
Gold Medal - Tasters Guild Int'l Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2015 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition