2005 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
60% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah, Del Carlo Ranch
40% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah, Teldeschi Ranch
We love Petite Sirah for its burliness and rusticity. Doing Brontosaurus steaks on the grill tonight? Open a bottle of Pet! Picked on October 20th and 23rd, each component was fermented separately and left on the skins for 29 days before being pressed to all French oak, 40% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 14 months in barrel.
Black ruby-purple. A powerful, blueberry-laden nose is complimented by intriguing notes of iron and earth. Full-bodied and concentrated but with a measure of elegance rarely found in a Petite of this size. Enjoyable now with plenty of time in a decanter (and if you don’t mind tannin), this Petite has the balance of fruit and structure to age gracefully for up to several decades. (MRO – 3/1/07)