2020 Broken Earth Reserve Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah usually ripens early and is the first red to the party. In 2020 we picked this grape on October 1st, 2020. Forty tons were machine harvested in the dead of night to keep the grapes cold for transportation to the winery. Upon arrival the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed to open the berries for fermentation. Clos yeast was added immediately after the grapes were safely in the tank. Two pump-overs a day were completed until fermentation was done.
This 2020 Reserve Broken Earth Petite Sirah was originally planted in 1996 to a parcel that was 40 acres in size. The small yield gives this wine a complex and intense structure. Originally called Duriff in the Rhone growing region in France, Petite Sirah made its way to California as a blending grape. Over time it became obvious that with California’s climate Petite Sirah could fully ripen. It is now one of the darlings of the state, especially of Paso Robles.
Broken Earth’s Reserve Petite Sirah is inky in color and soft in structure. Picture violets on the nose and jam in the mouth. Petite Sirah will pair with almost all proteins; try it with grilled meats and vegetables. There is a spice in the finish that always surprises the pallet.