2004 La Storia Petite Sirah, AV Estate
$100 Value And A JOY
The 2004 P. Sirah is the second vintage bottled under the La Storia Line designation.
The Vintage started with very wet winter and spring time. The rain during the bloom of the vines reduced the crop level in some varieties including P. Sirah and ultimately led to spectacular and concentrated high quality wines.
As usual the grapes were picket at optimum ripeness between 25 and 27 Brix. About half of the grapes were fermented in small open top fermentors with punch down technique for gentle tannin extraction and increased flavor and color. The rest were fermented in stainless steel tanks. The primary yeast were L2226 and Syrah and the mallolactic fermentation was completed in barrels. The wine was aged in a mixture of French, European and American oak for sixteen months prior bottling.
This is a big, powerful wine with predominant aromas of ripe plums, blackberry and the typical, for the variety, blueberry. The second layer brings out graphite and smoky-tarry nuances of coffee and molasses. The mouth feel is definitely of a full bodied wine with massive but surprisingly civilized tannins leading to a long and unforgettable finish. Longevity is guaranteed with this variety for the next 10-15 years…or more!
GOLD – 2007 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
SILVER – 2007 Florida State Fair Wine Competition
SILVER – 2007 San Diego Wine Competition
SILVER – 2007 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
SILVER – 2007 California State Fair
SILVER – 2007 North of The Gate Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2007 West Coast Wine Competition
BRONZE – 2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Varietal: 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah
Production: 1196 cases
Residual Sugar: 0.04%
Total Acid: 0.60 g/100ml
Fermentation: A combination of closed-top/pumpover and punch down/open-top fermenters
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 20% new European and French oak; the rest in 2 and 3-year-old mixed American and European oak