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2018 Petite Sirah

2018 Petite Sirah

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The 2018 Petite Sirah comes from our family’s Wittstrom Vineyard in the rolling foothills northwest of the city of Paso Robles. Wittstrom Vineyard enjoys optimal growing conditions for maximizing Petite Sirah’s natural peppery character and intense black fruit flavors. This 2018 Petite Sirah belongs to our Pearl Collection, which is dedicated to limited-production reserve wines made from select vineyard blocks.

Petite Sirah
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Vineyard Notes
Petite Sirah thrives amid the hot summer afternoons of northern Paso Robles. Here, Ancient Peaks Winery co-owner Karl Wittstrom planted 13 acres of Petite Sirah to capture this natural synergy between climate and grape variety. Temperature swings of 50 degrees within a 24-hour period are not uncommon at Wittstrom Vineyard during the summer months, demonstrating the daily interplay of inland warmth and incoming marine air. Wittstrom Vineyard is planted with progressive high-density vine spacing, resulting in low-yielding vines that produce fruit with dense, rich flavors. The vineyard rows run west to east to capture the prevailing coastal breezes, further enabling the grapes to achieve balanced ripeness. The fruit from this wine comes specifically from an elevated knoll where yields are the lowest, further intensifying the fruit character.
Production Notes
Petite Sirah is the most naturally hedonistic of our wines, but we aim to capture it with balance and structure. After the fruit was hand harvested and destemmed, the must was pumped over three times daily during fermentation to soften the wine while fostering even extraction. After fermentation, the lots were aged for 24 months in French and American oak barrels (60% new). The barrels were made predominantly with mediumplus toasting to complement the Petite Sirah’s intense character with a darker, smokier oak influence. A small lot of Petit Verdot from Margarita Vineyard was incorporated into the final blend for enhanced flavor complexity and textural elegance.