2020 Petite Sirah "Eclipse"
Opaque cardinal red in color. The nose is unctuous with notes of black peppercorn, olives, dried fig, graphite and bay leaf. The mouthfeel is incredibly full and the palate absorbs overt flavors of bramble with notes of blackberry preserves, nutmeg, orange and clove pomander. Serve with rich food and exotic spices. Drink now through 2030.
Despite receiving not quite average rainfall this winter, some of the later rains and the cool spring buoyed an early burst of growth on the vines. Even with the record-breaking heat as we entered harvest, our vineyard received little supplemental irrigation throughout the summer as our vine canopies matured and slowed without intervention. Harvest 2020 was a bit of a sprint. Starting a tad earlier and ending in early November, this vintage was one for the books which resulted in wines complex in both composition and flavor.