Quivira Dusk Petite Sirah Port 2006
We have taken the most traditional of routes to produce this unctuous elixir. Petite Sirah was left to hang on the vine until it achieved a very high degree of ripeness. The hand-harvested fruit was then de-stemmed into picking bins to a depth that would only be half-way up your calf. Then the music starts. Crushing grapes by foot may seem a bit out of place in modern winemaking, but there is no substitute for the thorough yet gentle extraction that it provides. After several hours of rhythmic trodding, the grapes are reduced to a purple-black, foot staining slurry— yet with the soft padding of the human foot not one seed splits to release its bitter oils. Fermentation is arrested with the addition of neutral grape spirits mid-way through, thus preserving a natural sweetness that balances out this heady, full bodied wine. Thirty months of aging in older French oak polished the rough tannins to a silky texture while retaining the powerful blackberry and coffee flavors that Petite Sirah is known for. Pair with dark chocolates, candied walnuts and strong cheeses or just roll out a bearskin rug in front of the fireplace and see what unfolds.
Food Pairings for Quivira Dusk Petite Sirah Port
67 cases bottled February 2009 produced.
Aged 30 months.
Notes: 100% neutral oak
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