Mutt Lynch Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Canis Major 2005
The Greater Dog The constellation "Canis Major" is famous the world over for its sparkling beauty. Resembling a large dog, it is known as "The Greater Dog". Canis Major seemed a fitting name for our special, vineyard-designated wines. Perotti and Unti Vineyard We source our Canis Major Zinfandel from Perotti Vineyard and Syrah from Unti Vineyard. Both vineyards have small blocks of Petite Sirah planted along side the more well known Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. Brenda talked to both Bruce Perotti and George Unti for the first time in 2005 about getting some "pets" (what the old time growers call the grape) and both provided her with a little over 1/2 ton. We liked the irony of buying a grape called "pets" given our Mutt Lynch name, and continue to source small amounts for future bottlings. Brenda's Wine Fermentation took place in an open top 1 ton fermenters, with 3 times per day punch-downs. The wine was barreled down dirty and malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. Brenda's oak regime was 100% used one year old French oak barrels as she wanted to minimize the extraction of tannins from the wood, yet still layer in some nice oak character. The wine spent 20 months in barrel before its June bottling. The wine displays an inky dark purple color in the glass, with aromas of blackberries and dark bitter chocolate. The wine showcases both its vintage (2005 was a cooler year) and its varietal (classic Petite Sirah) with tight, gritty tannins and a long, structured finish What People Have Said 2005 Petite Sirah Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Bronze Medal • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Bronze Medal Months in barrel: 20 Oak: French oak
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A great petite sirah from Mutt Lynch winery. The color and aroma are excellent and entice you to want to taste the wine. Then when you do finally taste the wine it does not disappoint, I enjoyed how it had a sense of fruit beyond what I normally expect from a petite sirah.