PETITE SIRAH - LODI, CALIFORNIA
Some wines just seem to be made for cooler weather, with an ability to warm not only the taste buds, but the vinous soul as well. Petite Sirah is a hearty, robust wine, a liquid favorite hoodie that’s at the same time soothing and a perfect remedy for the gray-weather blues. One of California’s true heirloom grape varieties, Petite Sirah has long been prized for the color and tannins it adds to a red blend. Recently, however, California winemakers have begun to focus on the magic that Petite Sirah can create when bottled on its own. We invite you to share in the nourishing enchantment of Petite Sirah, found in every bottle of Wintry Wonder.
Remarkably elegant and polished for such a sumptuous wine, Wintry Wonder has so much to offer the wine drinker looking for something out of the ordinary. Lifted, high-toned aromatics make a strong opening impression. Red and blue berry fruit, menthol, grilled herbs and spice flavors develop with air, but it is the wine’s overall character that makes it so special. At times, Wintry Wonder is powerful and intense, while in other moments it is restrained and refined. This contrast between large and small, tense and smooth makes for an utterly unforgettable glass of wine.
Rich, creamy cheeses such as Camembert, burgers, duck in a lavender sauce, black bean burritos, braised lamb shank, Christmas goose.
DRINKING IN A WINTRY WONDERLAND
Petite Sirah has a long history of viticulture in the Lodi wine region, but has only recently begun to gain recognition as a stand-alone wine. As tastes evolve and wine drinkers are willing to branch out to find alternatives to more prominent grape varieties, Petite Sirah is finding a home at the tables of those looking for a brawny, punchy red.
Wintry Wonder is unabashedly dense and chewy, with a forceful personality and unmistakable intensity. We love it for its ability to continue gaining depth and traction over time as it’s exposed to air, but unfortunately the bottles never last very long! Wintry Wonder Petite Sirah is a wonderful accompaniment to a hearty meal yet equally at home in front of a warm fire, bringing the warmth and sunshine of the Lodi wine country to your glass.
APPELLATION: Lodi, California
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Petite Sirah
WINEMAKING PROCESS: With burly, full-bodied red wines like Petite Sirah, careful extraction of tannins is a must. Too much and the wine becomes bitter and dry, too little and not enough character is extracted into the wine. The Wintry Wonderland team prefers a cool fermentation, preserving aromatics and freshness, while maintain structure and avoiding edgy, harsh flavors. After 7-10 days on the skins, the wine is gently pressed then aged until after next year’s harvest to further mellow and soften our Lodi Petite Sirah.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.01 g/L