For the third year in a row, Michael has successfully met the challenge of producing a grand Petite Sirah wine from grapes grown in elevated mountain soils 900 feet above sea level. This location is a real test of the ability of any red wine grapes, let alone heat-loving Petite Sirah, to ripen fully in what is fundamentally a cool-climate growing region. The small berries and thick skins of this variety add to the difficulty of making a luscious wine in Michael’s inimitable style. But when did circumstances like these faze Michael?
The result from the growing season of 2014 is an inky-dark, amethyst-hued Petite Sirah with a super hero personality – an imposing appearance, heavy shouldered and brooding, but with a rich warmth and elegance once you’ve tasted it. This wine is all about structure and body. It is not fruit-dominated; deep, dark, black currant flavors are foremost. Michael’s 18-month barrel-aging regime has tamed the tannins and resulted in a smooth, round mouth feel, but aeration is definitely recommended to enhance your drinking pleasure.
Like the vintage of 2013, the 2014 Petite Sirah will remind you of a grand cru Bordeaux blend. It is a wine that will age well in your cellar, but will also be delicious on your dinner table tonight. Try pairing it with Mexican cuisine that contains chili powder or chili peppers like posole, a southwestern stew containing pork, hominy and chili powder: the spiciness of the stew gives the Petite Sirah a smooth sweetness that is a perfect complement to the food.