Growing up in the wine world in the 70s and 80s, Petite Sirah was a wine you bought because you didn’t want to shell out for Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were rustic to a fault; brambly and tannic, they were coarse and it felt as if the acid would take the enamel off your teeth if you drank too much. They required aging – lots of aging. Like “it’s 2014 and my 1974 Petit Sirahs are finally mellowing out” aging. We’ve learned from past mistakes in grapegrowing and winemaking, and modern-day Petite Sirah is worlds away from what it used to be.
Case in point, the 2011 La Presa before you. It is ripe, rich, bold, and fruit-forward to say the least. It’s got a creaminess to it that hides any rough edges the variety may have retained from its past. It’s also important to note that the Santa Barbara County climate is much better for Petite Sirah than it is further on up the coast; cool nights and warm days push the maturity of the fruit in a good way, producing a wine that shows beautifully now, but with some aging potential if you can keep yourself away from it in the cellar for awhile. There’s a hint (3%) of Syrah blended in, just to add some high notes, but this is a benchmark of this variety – we only made a few barrels, so if this sounds like a wine you’d like, we recommend tasting it soon so you can place an order for extra bottles before it sells out.
95 cases produced