2013 Petite Sirah

Rutherford, Napa Valley

Rutherford, Napa Valley

2013 Petite Sirah Rutherford, Napa Valley - Calder Wine Company
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The inky, impressively structured Petite Sirah grape often conjures up images of massive, monolithic wines with more tannin than complexity. However, when given a gentler extraction regime and picked at a level of ripeness that preserves the grape’s natural acidity, the resulting wine can exhibit a perfumed complexity that complements the variety’s full-bodied character. The 2013 shows this beautifully, with floral, orange-peel, and white pepper aromas sharing the spotlight with a black-and-blue fruitiness. As a result of the whole-cluster fermentation, the wine shows a more diverse tannic profile on the palate, amplified nicely with sufficient acidity. Delicious now, I am confident this will continue to develop for at least 5-7 years. 


 The Leeds family has farmed their ranch in Rutherford since 1926, and the vineyard has a history of being planted to Petite Sirah that dates back to the 1880s. The head-trained West block was planted in 2007 to a classic Napa Valley combination: Hayne clone on St. George. Immaculately maintained by vineyard owner Frank Leeds and his daughter Lauren Pesch, the block is both dry-farmed and certified organic. 


 1.1 tons of Petite Sirah were hand-harvested on September 4th, 2013. After being separated into two small fermenters, the grapes were foot-stomped. The 2013 is 100% whole-cluster fermented, and all cap management was done either with hand punchdowns or via foot stomping.  After a fast, warm fermentation on the strength of its native yeast, the wine was barreled down into one one-year-old barrel and two neutral barrels. This vintage was aged for 18 months with three rackings before being bottled on April 17th, 2015.

Technical Information
  • Blend 100% Petite Sirah
  • Country
  • Region Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford
  • Vineyard Leeds-Pesch Vineyard
  • Farming Method Organic, Dry-farmed
  • Aging/Cooperage 18 months, 67% neutral, 33% 1-year French oak
  • Harvest Date 9/4/13
  • Alcohol 13.8%
  • PH 3.92
  • TA 6.16g/100mLs
  • Production 73 cases