2017 Petite Sirah, Louvau Vineyard
One of our favorite vineyards in all of Sonoma County, the Louvau Vineyard sits on a “bench” of ancient riverbed in the center of the Dry Creek Valley. Dashe Cellars has been making wine from this vineyard since 2001, and we’ve always loved the smoothness and complexity of this vineyard’s Petite Sirah grapes. Although Petite Sirah is well-known for making full-bodied, intense wines, these grapes allow us to make a balanced, richly-textured wine without the intense tannins commonly associated with this varietal. This wine shows the deep color and intensity for which Petite Sirah is justly famous, but with an unusual roundness and richness.
Jet-black in color, with flavors of cassis, blackberry, plum, and black pepper spice, this is one of the most approachable Petite Sirahs we make. The wine has a velvety mouthfeel and is ideal for hearty dishes and grilled meats.
These slightly older vines produce a moderate crop of tiny-berried fruit. We were able to sort the fruit and crush it into small fermentation bins which could be carefully “punched down” to gently extract the flavors. The grapes were fermented using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes, and, in a change from tradition, we pressed the grapes before they reached dryness, to limit the amount of tannin in the wine. We kept the wine in barrel for 18 months to gain complexity and to soften the wine.
Production: 73 cases
|Aromas:||Blackberry, cassis, plum, black pepper, clove, chocolate|
|Taste:||Blackberry, cassis, and chocolate on entry. Great texture and mouthfeel, a big wine but with lots of fruit and spice, and a luscious, sweet tannic finish.|