2015 Petite Sirah, Fox Family Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard Petite Sirah; Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-six months in 100% French oak, two and three year old 228L (Ermitage; Meyrieux; Mercurey).
Production: 3 barrels, 75 cases
Winemaking: Our Petite Sirah grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted, 100% destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 95% whole berries, into a small, open top fermentor. The must was cold-soaked for four days, with the addition of dry-ice, prior to inoculation with a native “Rockpile Vineyard” isolated yeast and punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to two and three year old French oak barrels. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-six months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late January of 2018.