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2015 Bishop's Peak Petite Sirah
Owned and operated by Bill and Teresa Hinrichs, the Ranchita Canyon Vineyard is located in the Paso Robles Estrella River District northeast of the city of Paso Robles. The original plantings of Petite Sirah date to the early 1970s and the wines produced from the south facing hillside are noted for inky black color and dense concentration.
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard
September 30, 2015, hand-harvested
29 months in French and American oak barrels, 20% new
Native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters
The 2015 vintage of Bishop’s Peak Petite Sirah is deep purple in hue and offers aromas of blackberry preserve, sweet barbeque sauce, cotton candy, and molasses. On the palate, notes of olallieberry compote, logan berry, and cinnamon are complemented by mouthwatering tannins that linger long into the finish. Enjoy this full-bodied Petite Sirah with slow cooked smoked ribs.
The 2015 vintage marked the fourth year of the California drought. Weather during May flowering was unsettled which led to poor pollination and reduced cluster weights. Harvest began early in the Paso Robles area and the low production—a result of both the ongoing drought and smaller clusters—yielded wines with dark color and concentrated flavors.