Miro Cellars

2011 Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)

Offer Expired:Mar 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm
$32.00
Avg. Price
$23.99
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

Miro's Miracle

This is, hands down, the finest Petite Sirah we have ever featured!

We’ve had the great fortune to showcase the last few vintages of this wine and, while we have always been very impressed with the wines, today we are blown away.

I write all of our wine reviews and I have more then 2000 of them under my belt, so far. I sample a great many wines, each week, with the help of an expert tasting panel. Sometimes we taste so many wines in a session that we begin to feel fatigued. I know, its a hard job but someone has to do it, right? Well, at our most recent panel, today’s 2011 Miro Cellars Petite Sirah was slated to be our final wine. While I was worried that we were all too tired, I opened the bottle anyway. Instantly, everyone perked up. This wine is simply incredible.

Despite the relative youth of the wine, it is elegant, juicy and ready to drink now. It will only get better over the next few years, so we suggest that you hoard as many bottles as you can of this ultra-highly recommended treat.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Deep, dark, sinister purple hues, with an ultra-dark core and pretty purple edges.

Smell:

Bodacious and rustic with a big rush sweet blueberry preserve over fresh blackberries, red plum, subtle white pepper and a hint of black tea leaves.

Taste:

Bursting with flavor, this delicious wine leads with juicy dark raspberry juice, blueberry, blackberry compote, black tea, black pepper and a hint of chalky minerality.

Finish:

Bold, juicy flavors take a very long time to diminish. As they do, earthy and velvety tannins persist even longer. At the very end, the wine leaves behind a chewy, dusty feel.

Pairing:

Enjoy this incredible wine with BBQ spare ribs with grilled figs on the side.

What the Winery Says

The Vineyards:

Dry Creek Valley has an established reputation for growing outstanding Zin and Petite Sirah. The grapes in this wine are from two vineyards: Piccetti Vineyard situated on the North end of Dry Creek Valley, about 800 feet above the valley, and Wolcott-Bevill Vineyard just off of Dry Creek Road

Soil:

Decomposed rock and brick red Manzanita-type soils are usually very well suited for low pH Petite and Zins—wines with deep color and solid structure.

The Vintage:

2011 was the 4th vintage in a row with relatively cool growing season culminating in several rainy days in October that presented some challenges to the grape growers and winemakers. Overall, the wines are lower in alcohol and are more food-friendly and ageworthy than usual.

Winemaking:

The fruit was handled in the most gentle way possible, handsorted and fermented in small open top fermenters with minimum hand punch-downs per day. As usual the most effort was in extracting as little as possible of the missive tannins that Petite is known for. The mallolactic fermentation was completed in barrels; aging was done in 55% new European oak barrels for about 11 months.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

The shortest way to describe the wine would be “dark and delicious.” Undoubtedly Petite Sirah in its core, but with rened and balanced tannin and—surprising for Petite Sirah—softness. Loads of blueberry and blackberry on the nose followed by toasty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar and dark molasses. The mouth feel is big and juicy, extracted but not heavy, nishing with fresh acidity and sense of balance. Cheers

About the Winery

Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, a region with many millennia of winemaking history, Miro (Miroslav) Tcholakov was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. His grandfather had long made the family supply of wine. As a boy, Miro was at his side during all phases of the process.

After completing his mandatory military service, he attended the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv where he studied viticulture and enology. Soon after graduation, in the summer of 1990, he was chosen from hundreds of candidates to participate in an international exchange program in agriculture set up by The Future Farmers of America. After a few months in Napa, he was taken on as harvest intern at Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Vineyard. What was supposed to be a temporary harvest job turned into a nine-year position moving through the ranks from Cellar Master to Assistant Winemaker in 1997.

In 1998 Miro went to work as Winemaker for Trentadue Winery, which is still his “day job.” In addition to bringing more acclaim to the winery by creating world class award-winning wines, Miro’s duties include overseeing many custom crush operations for some renowned winemaker clients. In 2001, Miro became his own customer with his inaugural bottling of his Petite Sirah. Within a few weeks of its release, it received a fat 90 points and a “well-endowed” write-up from Robert Parker, Jr. in the Wine Advocate.

Offer Expired:Mar 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm
$32.00
Avg. Price
$23.99
(25% off)