The 2017 Landy Vineyard Petite Sirah is a ripe, plush wine bursting with dark blackberries, spices, licorice, and new leather. The aromas and flavors build effortlessly to a round, explosive finish imbued with the essence of graphite, flowers, cassis, minerals and crushed rocks. This is an especially ripe, flashy wine loaded with depth and pure energy. In 2017 the vintage turned out to be another blockbuster vintage. The yields in 2017 were very low throughout the North Coast. The grapes at Landy vineyard had very small berries and clusters that blessed us with intense fruit. The wine was aged in 67% New French Oak for 16 months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It should age gracefully for several decades as great Petite Sirah’s can.
The grapes for this wine come from Landy vineyard, a steep hillside vineyard high above the Russian River off of Sweetwater Springs road which is in the Russian River AVA. The soils are very well-drained and consist of a thin clay loam soil surface over fractured bedrock. The Petite Sirah vineyard sits at the top of the ranch at almost 1000ft elevation and has sweeping views of the Russian River Valley. At this elevation, the vineyard rises above the fog and gets full sun during the day, and cool ocean breezes every afternoon during the growing season.
RS: dry: 0.01 %
Fermentation and aging:
Destemmed to tank and allowed to cold soak for 6 days before fermenting. Only native yeasts were used. Total time in tank was 14 days. The free run was drained and transferred to French Oak barrels (67% new). Malolactic occurred naturally in barrel. The wine was aged for 16 months in barrel and racked gently before bottling. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering.
February 19th, 2019
September 6th, 2017