2013 Napa Valley Petite Sirah
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Petite Sirah can truly be a diamond in the rough from some of California’s best producers. Rich, velvety, dense, and – at Montelena at least- ageable, the wines are typically an excellent value. Our dry-farmed Petite Sirah comes from 100 year old vines on the south-west side of Calistoga. As is the case in the vineyard–where ignoring the temptation for over-ripeness is paramount–in the cellar we grapple with the seemingly ubiquitous tendency to over-extract, and instead aim for balance, structure, and nuance, the cornerstones of great wine.