The Napa Cellars 2018 Petite Sirah boasts bright aromas of blackberry, dusty notes, tea, tobacco and eucalyptus. Rich flavors of blueberry, black fig and hints of leather coat the mouth and well extracted, chalky tannins lead to a rustic finish. This wine is lean, yet has a muscular structure and well-balanced, lingering acidity creating a powerful presence. Pair the Napa Cellars 2018 Petite Sirah with beef stew topped with thyme or, for dessert, Brie cheese drizzled with honeycomb.
As distinctive as Petite Sirah is for its dark color and poignant tannins, it’s also a wine with a big personality and best suited for the red wine lover. Petite Sirah is always rich and concentrated and the 2018 takes these characteristics to a new level. Inky and muscular, fruit for this powerful wine is hand-selected from vineyards in the warmer areas of Napa Valley around Calistoga.
After a one-day cold soak, designed to extract color from the skins, the grapes are pressed early to avoid extracting harsh tannins. Following a ten-day maceration period, the lots are aged in 100% French oak (36%new) for 23 months.