2016 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Petite Sirah - Garagiste
Petite Sirah is a variety that is very near and dear to us brothers originally because of our Father’s enthusiasm for the grape. As an avid home winemaker he stacked up many Blue Ribbons and even a Best of Show gold award at the California State Fair back in the 80’s for his homemade Petite Sirah. We too fell in love with the dark, rich and big wines we could produce from the variety, and hence the Garagiste Petite Sirah became commercial for Buoncristiani in 2003. It is also the backbone variety of the Vintage Port wines under the Gemella label, and currently a new program of Buoncristiani Vintage Port aging in the caves!
Our 2016 Petite Sirah is sourced from stressed vines planted in volcanic soils in a small block of Northern Calistoga. Following in the footsteps of their Italian ancestors who had planted Mourvèdre and other mixed black varieties over a hundred years ago, the Risi family of Calistoga re-planted Petite Sirah right next to their home. Our winemaker Jay has a great relationship with owners Ron and Jan, as well as with Vineyard manager Tony Mitchell and together they coax these small, tight, black, super-stressed bunches to extreme ripeness and optimum levels of concentrated phenolics and flavors.
The resulting wine can be described as a very inky deep color with aromas and flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, baker’s chocolate and black pepper. The wine has a blockbuster mid palate, unctuous mouth-coating tannins, and a purple haze velvety finish. It has become known as an All Star standout in the Garagiste lineup; big, bold and very memorable. We recommend enjoying some now, but if you can resist, also lay a bottle or two down for 10-20 years as our Petite Sirah is built to last and improves with age. Salute! Only 123 cases handcrafted.