Un Petite Prix
Naggiar makes at least 15 wines from its estate vineyard, and really hit a home run with this classic that should have a long life ahead of it. The color is dark and intense right to the rim, while aromas blend a subtle spiciness with bold and complex fruit notes. Flavors convey concentrated dark chocolate, black cherry and espresso. It’s enjoyable now with big proteins, but will be best after 2020. Cellar Selection, 94 points The Wine Spectator
Talk about starting the year off right! Just before the end of the highly lamented 2016, we found out our 2014 Petite Sirah scored a 94 and was awarded a Cellar Selection Award from the Wine Enthusiast. The Cellar Selection Award is given to wines that should be cellared to mature and evolve for a least 5 years (if you can wait that long). Each year, the Wine Enthusiast picks 100 wines out of over a thousand submitted, for this honor. Not only was the 2014 Petite Sirah included in this group, but it was also one of the most affordable- a double win! Here is how it all began…
Our Petite Sirah blend comes from four individual blocks, consisting of three clones, two rootstocks, and three different aspects and soil types. All four blocks were harvested in October 2014 at night. Small clusters at a moderate yield, as well as keeping the acids nice and bright at harvest, brought out the red fruit qualities, while retaining the structure and tannin. At harvest, we fermented quickly, with no extended maceration. The Petite Sirah spent 18 months in a combination of both American and French Oak barrels, undergoing bâtonnage for 14 of them. After undergoing a rough filtering to remove just the lees, it was bottled April 2016. As suggested by the Wine Enthusiast, the Petite Sirah will keep evolving over the years. However, if you decide you just can’t wait (or you buy some to cellar and some to drink now) it pairs well with braised meats, thick stews or even just a big, fat, juicy burger.
If you’d like to stock up on this award winner, here is the link:
Just another example showing that Naggiar Winery (and the Sierra Foothills appellation as a whole) is able to compete with the big boys!