Rutherford Grove Petite Sirah Excels

rutherford grove petite sirah

PETITE SIRAH

SPRING CREEK VINEYARD

ST. HELENA

2007 NAPA VALLEY

VINEYARD NOTES:

The  2007 vintage of Petite Sirah was made in much the same style as the previous four vintages producing a luscious, fruit forward, delicious wine from Spring Creek Vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation.

The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah.

The 2007 Petite Sirah exhibits the typical deep black and purple hues that, amazingly, come from only 10 days of skin contact. 10 months of oak aging contribute rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla that are well balanced with the characteristic plum, boysenberry and hints of roasted game. The entry is rich and concentrated, the structure and weight are big and the finish is silky and very approachable early on for this varietal.

Absolutely delicious now. Tastes like a $100 wine.

100% PETITE SIRAH

BARREL AGING:
10 Months
50% French Oak, 50% American Oak
50% new, 30% one-year old,
20% two-year old.

APPELLATION:
Saint Helena

PRODUCTION:
330 Cases

ALCOHOL:
14.2%

 

SRP: $37.00 / per bottle

 

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

Disclosure

 

A descendent of two winemaking families whose roots in Napa Valley reach back nearly a century, Bob Pestoni was expected to follow in his parents´ footsteps. Of course he did become a winemaker – but not at first. Instead, he did what any red-blooded boy in the 1950s did: he rebelled.

In 1963, Bob and his brother Marvin created Upper Valley Disposal Service, becoming the refuse hauler for the upper Napa Valley. Coming from a family of farmers who depended on the land for their survival, they understood and practiced the art of sustainable farming: planting the right crops, observing proper rotation and always striving to achieve a balance with the land. It was these same lessons and values that propelled their introduction of an aggressive recycling program long before it was fashionable.

Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling Service

In the late 1970s two problems began to weigh on the local wine industry. The first: what to do with the pomace, the grape skin, pulp, seeds and stems left over after crushing. At the time, local wineries were dumping it back into their vineyards or at their property´s edge where it would seep into groundwater. The second problem was how to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, which were also having negative effects on the Napa Valley. Bob began to experiment with an age-old farming practice that had somehow gone out of style: composting. By the 1980s, Upper Valley Recycling was processing nearly all the discarded grape seeds, skins and stems from the Up Valley wineries into compost – an innovation that landed Bob a centerfold appearance in National Geographic Magazine.

Photo of Bob Pestoni checking the temperature of the grape compost.
National Geographic Magazine, August 1993 Vol 184 No 2

In the mid 1990s, Bob and his wife Sylvia were presented with a rare opportunity. A small winery adjacent to their family´s Rutherford property had become available for purchase. Over the years, Bob and Sylvia had always grown grapes on their land, but they had always sold their fruit to other wine producers. They had not´t been interested in becoming vintners before, but the acquisition of this new property renewed Bob´s admiration for his family´s business – and for his heritage. In 1994, they opened the doors to Rutherford Grove Winery and resumed making the single vineyard, hand-crafted artisanal wines Bob´s father and grandfather had created there for more than a century before him.

ALEJANDRO ALFARO
WINEMAKER

"My job is to assure that each vintage reflects the view of the vineyard and then hand-craft the wines into an expression of their own."

Over the past 18 years, Alejandro has worked in every facet of the wine business, including vineyard management, wine production, retail sales as well as a winemaking for several Napa Valley clients.

Beginning with the Hess Collection in 1993, Alejandro built his skills in the cellar before moving on to assist several clients at a Napa custom crush facility in 1999.

In 2007, Alejandro became assistant winemaker to David De Sante, and worked with Quixote, Tierra Roja, Metamorphosis, DeSante Wines and Oakville Terrace. These small production wineries use some of the highest quality vineyards fruit in Napa. In 2008, Alejandro assumed the role of winemaker for the Sabina Vineyard’s Pinot Noir program while still assisting David DeSante with the Cabernet. Within two years, he became head winemaker.

In 2010 Alejandro became the winemaker for our Pestoni Family, Rutherford Grove and Quackenbush labels.

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