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Quivira Dusk Petite Sirah Port 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Petite Sirah
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Quivira Vineyards & Winery:
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commi... Read more
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commitment to this land, Biodynamic agriculture and our dedication to artisan winemaking. Quivira has been a Demeter-certified Biodynamic and organic winery since 2005 and is guided by a deeply-held principle of careful stewardship of the land and all its creatures. Environmentally conscious winegrowing and winemaking is a way of life at Quivira and the difference can be seen at the estate and tasted in the wines. The Quivira estate comprises four distinct vineyards within the Dry Creek Valley appellation in Sonoma County with a total of 93 acres of vines. In addition to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira grows several Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle works closely with Quivira's vineyard crew to capture the truest expression of each varietal from Quivira's vineyards. Tasting Room Hours Open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, except major holidays. Read less

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.

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67 cases bottled February 2009 produced.

Aged 30 months.

Notes: 100% neutral oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 19.2%

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