2016 Cavern Select Petite Sirah
Rich, bold and full-bodied with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, cigar box, and dried herbs. The 2016 shows firm, velvety tannins with balanced acidity and a long fine-grained finish.
66% Monahan Ranch, 23% El Pomar, 11% Brady Vineyard.
Grapes were brought in, and fermented separately by vineyard. The wines that make up this lot did malolactic fermentation in French oak (50% new), racked and blended in February, and aged until February 2019 (24 months).
Petite Sirah thrives in Paso Robles. We love Petite Sirah because of its excellent ability to elevate red blends as well as stand-alone.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with roasted lamb, wild game, and stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Also pairs well with a good cigar.
The 2016 vintage began with below average rainfall as the Paso Robles area continues to be effected by drought. The dry start was followed by above average warm temperatures that lasted through June, at which point temperatures became more moderate. The early warm weather accelerated fruit development and allowed for an improved fruit set compared to the 2015 vintage. While harvest came early to many in Paso Robles, the mild temperatures extended our growing season improving overall grape quality. Temperatures remained seasonal until above average rainfall in late October concluded our harvest. Overall, we experienced a busy harvest season with prime conditions for ripening. The 2016 vintage has excellent depth of color and wonderful flavor maturity.