2017 Petite Sirah
Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition
17 months in French oak barrels; 35% of which was new French oak
Fresh concentrated plum jam with orange peel and Campari hit the nose while the palate is teased with cinnamon, huckleberry, red cherry finishing with a beautiful perfume. Violets and floral roses are secondary notes that accompany blackberry, red cherries and licorice. This is a very well balanced wine with restraint in the tannins to better show the expression of the vineyard. The 2017 is full bodied and explodes with flavor.
Gold Medal | 90 points, American Fine Wine Competition
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. This vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, and 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.
Food Pairing Notes
Smoked meats, BBQ or chocolate dessert
95% Petite Sirah 2.6% Cabernet Sauvignon 0.9% Lagrein 0.8% Petite Verdot 0.35% Malbec 0.35% Zinfandel