Auction 14 | Lot No. 155
10 cases produced
For more than 100 years, Cabernet Sauvignon has been the grape of choice in Rutherford—Niebaum, Tchelistcheff and Daniel all established that fact. However, during that time, another red grape began to slowly gain fame in Rutherford, albeit on a much smaller stage. Petite Sirah was grown alongside the Zinfandels of the day by many an old-time grower and it was known to thrive in the "dust." During the initial planting of the Galleron Vineyard in 1998, Frank Leeds, our vineyard guru, gave his uncle and pioneering grape grower, Roy Chavez, a tour. When Roy saw the gravelly soils that stretch across the south side, he intuitively uttered, "You should put some Pets on that gravel." And so we did. From this small production, we offer this special barrel. From the dark, inky color to the rich, dark fruit flavors with meaty, gamey overtones, this wine is a true expression of the fruit of Petite Sirah and its Rutherford terroir. The result is a velvet-like touch to the tannins and a deep sense of damp earth.
11 months again in new to 2 year old, ight grain French oak barrels
- pH: 3.81
- Single vineyard wine
- Wine was dry farmed
- Sustainably produced
- Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
||very full bodied
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: Made in such a small lot, this wine allows us to go beyond terroir to single vine identity ... rarely achieved in commercial winemaking.
Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?
A: The Tao de Ching which teaches that "forcing a project to completion ruins what is almost ripe".
Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.
A: I chose to make this wine from this particular varietal because Petite Sirah, gravel, Rutherford need I say more?
Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?
A: No one else will.
Q: Any quote, poem, lyric you feel represents this wine?
A: "You can never achieve greatness by reaching for it."
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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection