2014 Petite Sirah
91 points, The Wine Advocate
Sept. 3-24, 2014
17 months in French oak barrels; 50% of which was new French oak
Our 2014 Petite Sirah has aromas of violets and boysenberries. Blueberries, cherries, and plum all dance across the palate while sipping this wine. Notes of caramel and toffee from the well-integrated oak make it seem like a fresh berry pie. The entry of this wine is silky smooth while the flavorful weight builds. It finishes showing off its muscle as the wine slides across the roof of the mouth. Flavors of boysenberries linger on the palate for a long time while the tannins finish with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.
The Pocai Vineyard has been continuously farmed by our family for over 100 years, ever since Betty Ballentine’s grandfather purchased it in 1906. Purchased with a pile of gold coins, Pocai Vineyard is the heart and soul of the Ballentine Family Estate. Located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, the fertility of the soil is low, but the drainage is excellent and is perfect for growing powerful red grapes.
We press off the Petite Sirah at dryness and barrel age in French oak for a period of 17 months. The wine is racked a little more rigorously over its life than some of our wines to allow the tannins to mature and body to develop with the additional exposure to air while racking. We bottle on the younger side to keep that vibrant fruit as bright as possible.
94% Petite Sirah 2% Merlot 1% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot 1% Syrah 1% Zinfandel