2004 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah
9/16/04, 9/27/04, 10/13-14/04
56% French Oak, 44% American Oak, 23% new oak
Wine & Spirits
Tasting Notes from Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier Sight: Dense purple Nose: Very concentrated black and blue fruits; pepper, amaro, green coffee, cocoa powder and wood spice. Palate: Massive, tannic and a touch astringent on the finish.
GOLD- 2007 Riverside International Wine Competition | GOLD- 2007 Orange County Fair Wine Competition | GOLD Star Award 2007, Sante Magazine
The vintage: A cold, wet October cut short what was to be a textbook vintage. Dryness at bloom, set, and the summer combined with moderate (but not extreme heat) was near-ideal; however, those late-maturing varieties saw a rough autumn. Vines that were well-drained with good air-movement through their canopies did well in the tough conditions.
97% Petite Sirah, 3% Viognier
"Grapes for this wine came from two primary Mendocino vineyard sites: an old Redwood Valley vineyard contributed rich berry character, and a Ukiah vineyard overlooking the Russian River gives it a fine white pepper and spice quality. A small amount of Viognier lifts the nose (adding an aromatic white varietal is an Old World, Rhone Valley technique)." - Winemaker Bob Swain