2013 Petite Sirah
This instantly reminds one of black cherry, blueberry and plum compote on the nose. It’s almost as if it’s been stirred with whole vanilla beans. Naturally a big wine, the 2013 Petite Sirah possesses a tannin profile that is highly structured yet supple and restrained. Flavors of blueberry and chocolate are most prominent on this lengthy beauty. Drink 2016 - 2024.
Overall the 2013 vintage was a grand slam and the best I’ve seen in 15 years. Temperatures were never too extreme and here in Amador County, we rarely saw days over 100F. As is typical, we continued to experience the dramatic diurnal temperature swings in the evenings, where nighttime lows dipped into the upper 40F’s providing the perfect conditions for optimal acid development. Grapes ripened evenly and the colors, tannins, and overall flavor matrix across all varieties was stunning. Veraison occurred a few weeks early, which allowed the grapes an exceptional amount of hang time enabling them to develop excellence in every facet. The resulting wines from this vintage are deep and concentrated, and I am confident they will be enjoyed for years to come.
Joe Shebl, Winemaker