100% Petite Sirah
Mendocino County, CA · 142 cases
From our very own Benson Ranch Vineyard in Ukiah, Mendocino County; 14 year old dry farmed (no irrigation) vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.
This wine has more tannic structure than a usual Martha Stoumen wine. A great wine to enjoy now with a special meal or to keep in your library for years to come. Blueberry, ethiopian coffee, raspberry dark chocolate, winter berries, and clove all come together for a beautiful aroma. Mole and blueberry flavors introduce the wine to the palate followed by a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm tannins.
To add to Petite Sirah’s concentration, we grow this at the top of the hillside at Benson Ranch and we dry farm it (no irrigation). In the cellar we rein it back in by doing a partial carbonic fermentation assisted by very short pumpovers, and press off the skins ~1⁄3 of the way into fermentation. We then age in neutral oak on lees for 1 year prior to bottling. Benson Ranch is a site that gives plenty of acidity, and this, combined with the grape’s natural tannin, allow us to add a minute amount of SO2 only prior to bottling.