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Animale 2008 Petite Sirah Label

2008 Petite Sirah

AVA: Yakima Valley

Blend:

  • 91% Petite Sirah
  • 9% Syrah

Vineyard: McIntire Vineyard, Sunnyside

Alcohol: 13.5%

Production: 64 cases

Harvest Dates and Brix at Harvest:

  • 10/31/2008, 22.9 brix
  • 11/07/2008, 23.5 brix

Aging:

  • 20% new French oak, 12 months
  • 60% neutral French oak, 12 months
  • 20% stainless steel

Tasting Notes:

Saturated purple-black color, nearly explosive aromas of fresh blackberries with hints of citrus peel. Medium-bodied with flavors of ripe plum and berries, and an exotic but ephemeral spice/herb note, possibly of bay leaf; vibrant, food-friendly acidity, and a long but balanced finish.

Winemaker Comments:

A distinctly Washington/Yakima Valley expression of Petite Sirah, grown at a barren, rocky 0.6-acre cool-climate growing site planted specifically for ANIMALE, this wine reflects both the growing site and vintage.

Label Art: Ken Brookner, Snohomish, WA