Austin Hope Lagrein Petite Sirah
A new edition to our Cellar Club Exclusive Wines! The Austin Hope Lagrein/Petite Sirah is big, bold and pairs perfectly with life’s next adventure! Really exceptional and not to be missed.
2019 was a challenging growing season. Above average rainfall persisted throughout the spring with the last rainfall occurring May 31st. These conditions kept the spring free of frost threats but relatively cool, leading to slow vine growth. The cooler weather also delayed fruit development. The summer months were somewhat erratic with short heat waves followed by cooler periods. These conditions helped the vines and clusters to somewhat catch up. Ultimately, the cooler weather persisted with only a few autumn heat spikes, leading to slower berry maturities and a later harvest. Mid-late October brought overnight freezes which required some harvest mitigation, but by early November harvest was complete and the late harvest resulted in intense color and great tannin structure.
After harvest, the two Lagrein and Petite Sirah lots were fermented individually in stainless-steel tanks for 10-14 days. Extended macerations and carefully managed pump overs enhanced the extraction of color and tannin. The varietals were aged separately for 8 months, the Lagrein in 100% neutral French and American Oak and the Petite Sirah in 100% new French Oak.The wine was racked only once during its cellarlife, with the final racking occurring just prior to bottlingin June of 2020.
Our first Lagrein/Petite Sirah blend is a beautiful rich plum color. On the nose, stewed dark fruit, fresh blueberries and herbaceous sage create a sweet and savory aroma. On the palate, a pleasing splash of acid adds brightness to flavors of red raspberry, fresh plum and earthy notes. This blend is full bodied with immense structure and integrated tannins.
Lagrein and Petite Sirah Blend