2009 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah


The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles is best characterized as being warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event on October 13th that occurred just after the harvest of this super-ripe Petite Sirah. 2009 was the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. In this early-ripening block, Brix levels rose due to dehydration of the fruit following a brief heat wave at the end of September. We patiently waited out the heat and were rewarded with three weeks of additional hangtime before picking at the onset of a second heat spike in late September.




Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 90% Petite Sirah, 7% Grenache, 1.5% Syrah, 1.5% Zinfandel
Harvest Dates: October 2 and 12, 2009
Process: Hand-picked
Harvest Numbers: 28.6° Brix, 3.76 pH, 5.19 g/100m Total Acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Lallemand 43 and Fermicru VR5

Fermentation: Open-top tank

Temperature: Peak at 95°F

Maceration: 4 days on skins

Maloactic: In barrel

Maturation: 16 months in barrel

Barrel Type: 60% French and 40% American oak (50% new)

Forests: Nevers, Missouri
Coopers: Marcel Cadet, World Cooperage Extra Fine
Post-Maturation: Bottled in March 2011 and aged 9 months prior to release
Bottling Numbers:

pH: 3.64

Total Acidity: 0.62g/100ml

Alcohol: 14.9% by volume

Res. Sugar: dry

Cases produced: 1,050 (2,100 six packs)

Cellaring: This dense wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.

Winemaker's Comments

This darkly colored wine is nearly opaque in the glass; a youthful ring of magenta brightens the edges. A bouquet of fresh-baked croissant frames the ripe blue and blackberry aromas indicative of Petite Sirah varietal character. The anticipated rich and voluminous attack leaves bright red fruit, pepper and a touch of chalk on the palate.

Steve Peck, red winemaker


Price: $35.00 750ml

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