Our wines reflect the distinctiveness and diversity of their sites – from the elevated valley floor of High Serenity Ranch to the raw and remote Volcano Ridge Vineyard. Handcrafted by Winemaker Matt Hughes and Brassfield's winemaking team, in collaboration with acclaimed Consulting Winemaker David Ramey, our focus on sustainable farming, classic techniques, and purity of flavor produce fruit-driven, balanced, and delicious wines
This Petite Sirah is layered with aromas of blackberry, and black currant along with notes of espresso and ripe plum. Its core of soft blueberry fruit is accented by a lingering peppery spice on the robust finish.This wine will unfold in the glass revealing hidden flavors throughout its dynamic mouthfeel.
Perched atop a volcanic ridge at the western end of High Valley, this vineyard produces intense wines with tremendous aging potential. Located at 2250 ft. in elevation on the southwestern slopes of High Valley, the soils on this ridge are primarily broken shale characteristic of Franciscan formation (ancient seabed floor) with a light dusting of red volcanic soils intermixed. The depth and complex composition of the soil combined with our unique microclimate stress the vines, keeping our yields low. Vine stress and low yields translate into a wine of concentration and intensity, giving way to dark, ripe berry aromas and flavors.
Our Petite Sirah was processed gently to create a whole berry fermentation. After a 3-5 day cold soak, the grapes underwent a native yeast fermentation, creating more complex aromatics, richer flavors, and enhanced mouthfeel perception. After fermentation, we had an extended maceration on the must that gently extracts more color and produces more flavor for the wine. The Petite Sirah was then sent to 30% new American oak and 70% neutral American oak to undergo a naturally occurring malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was stirred monthly on its lees to achieve additional body and texture. After 18 months in barrel, our 2014 Petite Sirah was lightly fined and bottled without filtration.