Imagery Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2004

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VINTAGE 2004 RELEASE DATE March 2007 AVAILABILITY Winery Only CASE PRODUCTION 849 APPELLATION Paso Robles VINEYARD Shell Creek VARIETAL: Petite Sirah has a somewhat mysterious lineage. The famed French ampelographer Pierre Galet asserts that it is a descendant of Durif, a nearly extinct French varietal. DNA testing of California Petite Sirah of the early 1990's suggested it was actually related to famed Rhone varietal Syrah. In either case this varietal, which grows well in Monterey as well as the Italian-American settlements of Sonoma and Paso Robles, is known for its substantial tannins and deep color. Though often used in blends to shore up softer, paler red wines, it has garnered a strong cult following for its dark character and magnificent age-ability. VINTAGE: The amount of rainfall, though early, was normal. Dry weather reigned from March, the warmest March on record, to October. The warm weather jump-started the growing season, making farmers nervous. Things did cool down for spring extending bloom. Periods of long bloom affect uniformity in reds causing a potential of uneven ripening within an individual grape cluster. In our vineyards, we ‘green drop' to balance the crop and eliminate late ripening fruit at the end of verasion. Summer was moderate without any heat waves; but it was humid raising concerns of mildew. By the end of July it was evident that an early harvest was upon us. High temperatures are not unusual in late summer and early fall but humidity under 20% is very unusual. In fact the average low humidity over the previous five years didn't go below 30%. Extended periods of hot, dry weather are difficult for a grapevine to endure. With almost two weeks of 10 - 20% humidity in late August and September, mildew was now the least of concerns! Grape sugar was soaring before flavors had matured; our growers did a great job sustaining vineyards until flavors developed. By the end of September we were evaluating an outstanding vintage. 2004 is a vintage of ripe and well-developed flavors with the best overall quality in years. VINIFICATION: Strict tannin management is a must with Petite Sirah. The grapes were cold soaked prior to fermentation and spent around 12 days on the skins. The grapes were lightly pressed to maintain a delicate balance between flavors, color and tannins. The wine spent 17 months in American and French oak before being bottled in May 2006. Alcohol 14.5%, TA .59, pH 3.78.

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At the forefront of certified Biodynamic®, organic and sustainable grape growing in America, Benziger Family Winery produces fine wines that authentically express the grape variety, the vintage and the vineyard. We produce Sonoma County varietals, blends, and single vineyard designate wines, all grown and produced using agricultural and business practices that are good for the earth and the vine, good for the farm-worker and the farmer, and good for our colleagues and our customers. Read less

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Snooth User: mepiacevino
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02/25/2008

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VINTAGE 2004 RELEASE DATE March 2007 AVAILABILITY Winery Only CASE PRODUCTION 849 APPELLATION Paso Robles VINEYARD Shell Creek VARIETAL: Petite Sirah has a somewhat mysterious lineage. The famed French ampelographer Pierre Galet asserts that it is a descendant of Durif, a nearly extinct French varietal. DNA testing of California Petite Sirah of the early 1990's suggested it was actually related to famed Rhone varietal Syrah. In either case this varietal, which grows well in Monterey as well as the Italian-American settlements of Sonoma and Paso Robles, is known for its substantial tannins and deep color. Though often used in blends to shore up softer, paler red wines, it has garnered a strong cult following for its dark character and magnificent age-ability. VINTAGE: The amount of rainfall, though early, was normal. Dry weather reigned from March, the warmest March on record, to October. The warm weather jump-started the growing season, making farmers nervous. Things did cool down for spring extending bloom. Periods of long bloom affect uniformity in reds causing a potential of uneven ripening within an individual grape cluster. In our vineyards, we ‘green drop' to balance the crop and eliminate late ripening fruit at the end of verasion. Summer was moderate without any heat waves; but it was humid raising concerns of mildew. By the end of July it was evident that an early harvest was upon us. High temperatures are not unusual in late summer and early fall but humidity under 20% is very unusual. In fact the average low humidity over the previous five years didn't go below 30%. Extended periods of hot, dry weather are difficult for a grapevine to endure. With almost two weeks of 10 - 20% humidity in late August and September, mildew was now the least of concerns! Grape sugar was soaring before flavors had matured; our growers did a great job sustaining vineyards until flavors developed. By the end of September we were evaluating an outstanding vintage. 2004 is a vintage of ripe and well-developed flavors with the best overall quality in years. VINIFICATION: Strict tannin management is a must with Petite Sirah. The grapes were cold soaked prior to fermentation and spent around 12 days on the skins. The grapes were lightly pressed to maintain a delicate balance between flavors, color and tannins. The wine spent 17 months in American and French oak before being bottled in May 2006. Alcohol 14.5%, TA .59, pH 3.78.

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