2006 Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah
86% Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah
14% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
Our first “Mendo” wine! Yorkville Highlands is one of California’s newer, smaller (in terms of planted acreage) appellations. Located in Mendocino County, between Anderson Valley and Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, the AVA consists of 40,000 acres of bench land ranging from 1000’ to 2200’ in elevation. While only approximately 400 acres are currently planted, red Rhône varieties (including Petite Sirah) have already proved very successful here, thanks in part to warm days and very cool nights. Picked October 31st, clusters and berries were so small that they made Pinot noir look big. Aged in French oak, 22% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Opaque black-purple. Even the bubbles are black! On the nose, deep, dark aromas of loamy earth and blueberry pie. The wine enters full and rich, coating the palate with its black and blue fruit flavors. A-B-C-D-licious! For a Pet, surprisingly round and approachable. But don’t be fooled, there is plenty of structure and tannin to ensure a long life. Drink 2009 through 2020. (MRO – 10/30/08)