2020 Estate Petite SirahRegular price$8000 $80.00
2020 Estate Petite Sirah
While it is always the darkest, inkiest, and densest wine we produce, Dovecote Estate Petite Sirah reflects its cool-climate terroir with an unmistakably feminine grace and elegance in the glass, effortlessly balancing its inner power and intensity with an ethereal seductiveness. In the glass, aromatics of dark espresso, ginger snaps, honeysuckle, and warm plum pastries open up to a rich palate of dark fruits, honeyed cinnamon and clove, sandalwood, and sweet tobacco.
In 2020, 89 cases were made.
Several decades ago an Italian-American and pioneering Central Coast farmer named Joe Carrari planted Petite Sirah in the Los Alamos Valley to use in his original field blends. His Petite Sirah responded extraordinarily to the cool-climate area, trading its typical warm-region jammy simplicity for a lush floral bouquet and bewitching complexity that was soon recognized by other local vintners. In 1990 cuttings were acquired from Joe to be planted as part of the Thompson Vineyard, pushed naked into the soil to grow on their own rootstock.
While the Los Alamos legend Mr. Carrari is no longer with us, we are honored to carry forward the legacy of his eponymous "Carrari Clone" Petite Sirah in both our vines and glasses.
- Alcohol 14.4%
- Vintage 2020
- Varietal 100% Petite Sirah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 30 years
- Clone Carrari
- Rootstock Own
- Soil Sand and flint over limestone
- Farming Sustainable
- Climate Cool I/II
Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.
Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.
- Aging 100% neutral French oak barriques
- Cases 89
- Peak years 2024-2040
90% destemmed, cold soaked for 7 days, small open top fermentation with native/ambient yeast. One morning punchdown and one evening pumpover.