2017 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Petite Sirah
This is the definition of a fun red wine. Dense, rich and luscious with a hint of sweet fruit to liven things up.
This dense, opulent wine delivers exactly what you would expect from Petite Sirah. Meaty, gamey, sweet fruit aromas lead to rich brambly blackberry, chocolate and cracked pepper with an appealing back note of jammy flavors. The lush viscosity is a nice counterweight to the firm grip of tannins.
The grapes were gently crushed 20 minutes after harvest, then fermented in small temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We used a combination of specially selected yeast to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. A portion of the wine was fermented in Acacia oak to tame the powerful tannins. We pumped the tanks over twice a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged the wine in a variety of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 16 months. Barrel lots of both the Petite Sirah and Tannat were selected for their robust structure and intense flavor.