2008 HPR PETITE SIRAH
In order to further understand the consequence of each plow, snip, and touch he takes among the vines, Ruben decided to make wine.
Over the past 15 years, Ruben’s intensive interaction with Sashi has enlightened him to barely distinguishable consequences of timing and care in each of the Stolpman Vineyards micro blocks. In order to branch out and learn anew, Ruben purchased fruit from some of the other vineyards under his management. Of course, being the boss, he was able to cherry pick from his favorite blocks.
In Ruben’s words, “to make sure I didn’t screw anything up”, Ruben made each of his wines under the supervision of the Stolpman winemaking team.
Today, we are proud to debut his first efforts, 15 cases of 2008 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley AVA and 19 cases of 2009 Harrison Clarke Syrah Ballard Canyon AVA.
It turns out Ruben’s intuitive sense for farming translates to a natural knack for winemaking. And lucky for us, Ruben didn’t mind sitting on this tiny amount of inventory for five years until the wines would shine at their brightest. I’ve been lucky enough to try these two wines over the years since bottling, and I’m thrilled to taste how they’ve developed.
Perhaps the richest wine I’ve tasted from Santa Barbara County, the 2008 Petite Sirah coats the palate with pleasing, Petite Sirah warmth. No doubt the tiny, intense yields and extreme heat spikes of 2008 led to such a big, thick Petite Sirah. The lush nose of dark tar, ripe berry, and baking spice gives way to beautiful blackness singed with fresh mint and pine. Not surprisingly, a healthy layer of sediment lies in wait at the bottom of each unfiltered bottle. 15 cases available.
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