4% Petite Sirah
1% Alicante Bouschet
1% Mataro (Mouvedre)
A long winter delayed the start of the growing season.
Having escaped late spring rains, the vines set a large
crop—more than an unusually cold summer could
ripen. Severe thinning became essential. Harvest
began September 21, and ended October 3—a day
before the first rain. Twenty-four parcels were
fermented, and kept separate. In late spring, during
rigorous blind tastings, we chose twelve parcels to
make up the 2011.