Petite Sirah from two amazing vineyards, (Frediani and Louis Martini) coalesce to create our legendary Napa Valley Petite Sirah. You’ll need to break out the white strips after a glass of this wine. Nearly black in color, with extracted flavors of blueberry cheesecake, cocoa powder and blackberry cobbler.
Our technique for crafting Petite Sirah has developed from the learning we have had making a much lighter structured wine, Grenache. Petite Sirah is known for its intense, dark, deep, color and body. We have learned that it’s not the length of the fermentation and skin contact that gives a wine the depth of flavors. By starting with physiologically mature grapes, the color and flavor is given up quickly. A quick, warm fermentation allows us to press when the color and flavor have been released and before the alcohol reaches 10%. Since the skins and seed never come in contact with the higher alcohol wine, the bitter tannins are not extracted. A massive amount of complex fruit is balanced with velvety soft tannin. The result is a unique opportunity to experience the biggest of big wines with an elegance rare for this variety.
The wine was further mellowed for 11 months in about 35% New American oak and 65% once used French oak barrels. After barrel aging the wine has matured for an additional year in the bottle.
T-Vine was founded in 1992 with a passion for making small lots of big juicy wines – specializing in old vines: Grenache, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
In 2009, a partnership by three friends and fellow vintners – Jim Regusci, Chuck Easley and James Harder – was formed to acquire T-Vine Cellars with the goal of carrying on the T-Vine traditions and enhancing and adding a few interesting grape/vineyard sources for the winemaking team.
T-Vine was always founded on the principle that when people enjoy these wines, we want them to think that they jumped into a blackberry tangle on a bright summers day. The wines should be big, juicy, balanced and brimming with fruit. That has always been the goal from day one and will continue to be what you can expect from T-Vine wines as long as we are lucky enough to steward the beautiful grapes that come our way.