Harvest: October 20, 2012
Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block
Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel
Aging: 20 months French and American Oak, 45% new
Total Production: 400 Cases
Release Date: Fall 2014
Vineyard and Vintage Notes:
2010 and 2011 were challenging, stressful vintages for Emmett, and he surprised us all by making a selection of fantastic vintages in the face of adversity. But by 2012 he was ready for a cake-walk, and boy, did he get one. The 2012 season started early, and mild weather through bloom, fruit set, and most of the growing season turned out a record harvest in both quality and quantity, which is quite rare. With a bountiful crop of extremely high quality, this vintage may go down as one of the finest in the post "oh" decade.
With the right growing season, Petite Sirah really seems to make itself. The grapes have a particularly tight cluster structure that makes them susceptible to disease pressure, but in the absence of moisture, we were able to harvest an unprecedented amount of good, clean fruit for our 2012 Petite. The grapes were gently destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with "manual" punchdowns from our pneumatic punchdown device. The finished wine spent 20 months in barrel and was blended with a small component of Zinfandel to heighten its aromatic appeal.
The 2012 is another fantastic Petite, a perfect embodiment of the quality we have come to expect from our estate vineyard. It opens with a concentrated bouquet of chocolate and spice, intriguing notes of licorice and lavender, and the alluring aroma of those tiny little wild blueberries that you can only find on a late summer trip to Maine. The palate is full bodied and all-encompassing, with fresh acidity and a long, well-structured finish.