2017 Alexander School Reserve Petite Sirah 750ml
Wine Data
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Petite Sirah 98% Zinfandel 2%
Alcohol:  15.5%
pH:  3.60
TA:  6.3 g/L
Size:  750ml
Home Delivery Shipping Offer:  $1 per bottle + $1 order processing fee when you order a minimum of 2 bottles


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The 2017 Series: Petite Sirah

Sometimes you just want to try something different and very distinctive. We do too. The Alexander School Reserve wines offer winemaker Kevin Hall the opportunity to deviate from the traditional. In 2017 he selected two small lots of Petite Sirah from one of our favorite growers located about 7 miles north of AVV . Years ago the vineyards were grafted to bud wood selected from an older Petite Sirah vineyard known for inky rich fruit. Today the small valley floor and hillside sites produce tight clusters of tiny pea sized grapes from the head pruned Petite Sirah vines. There are some that think Petite Sirah is just a version of Syrah. But make no mistake this is not Syrah.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts. Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed any talk of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikes throughout the summer until we began harvest. We harvested the two lots for this wine on September 7.

After harvest the grapes were soaked for 24 hours to extract maximum color, then inoculated with yeast and punched down twice a day. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was aged for 22 months in six American oak barrels to develop complexity and soften the tannins.

The color of this inky dark purple wine alludes to the rich and concentrated flavors. Aromas of crushed berries (boysenberry & blueberry) tamed by vanilla, dark cherry and dark chocolate entice. There are flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, spice notes of cardamom, slight cinnamon and black pepper, along with nice acidity and a long finish. While velvety and lush, this wine has structure and tannins. This wine will surprise and delight you. Best of all it is something different.


2017:  90 points - Wine & Spirits
2017:  Triple Gold Medal - Dan Berger's International Wine Competition
2017:  Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition