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Calder Wine Company Petite Sirah 2015

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Calder Wine Company Petite Sirah 2015

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Calder Wine Company Petite Sirah 2015


Rutherford, Napa Valley

A Petite Sirah sourced from a family owned estate in Rutherford, that has a history of Petite Sirah plantings since the 1880’s - not bad! This particular block was planted in 2007 with a particular Napa Valley favourite clone, and has been organically farmed without irrigation since then.

Petite Sirah, otherwise known as Durif has a bit of a bad rep for producing monster one dimensional wines, but no fear - this is quite different. With earlier picking to preserve acidity, super gentle extraction and 75% whole bunches included in the ferment, Rory has managed to conjure out more of the grape’s wonderful complex perfume and lighter violet-floral aromas.

Miniscule production, under 700 bottles! The majority of the fruit remained as whole bunches, with 25% destemmed and all fruit transferred to a T-bin for fermentation. Temperatures were moderately warm, with fermentation lasting just one week with daily pigeage. The fruit was pressed and aged in one single 3 year old puncheon for 30 months.

It’s still plentifully inky with some chew, but it’s certainly smooth - dark chocolate dipped crystallised orange, coffee beans, clove, blue berries and red currants. A wine laden with rich generosity.

The man behind Calder Wine Co is Rory Williams - of somewhat royal winemaking blood! His father is the owner-winemaker of Frogs Leap, whilst his mother founded Tres Sabores. When not working in the vineyards at Frogs Leap, Rory makes a small quantity of wine under his own label, Calder, using cultivars that have a long history in the place where he was born, honouring the sites, his winemaking idols, and what makes Napa, Napa. Rory wants his wines to relay the history and tradition of this extraordinary region. Having seen the success at both estates with organic and dry land farming, Rory sought out parcels of vines that tick these boxes, as well as several having the advantage of age.

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