To understand the unique character of Amapola Creek’s 2015 Petite Sirah you must understand the singular quality of the Monte Rosso Vineyard. It’s planted in a nearly impossible site, and the famous, vibrant-red, iron-rich soil infuses the fruit with a rare fragrant quality that makes it easy to identify as Monte Rosso. The site within the vineyard where these Petite Sirah vines are planted is especially blessed, capturing cooling breezes from the San Pablo Bay that lengthen the ripening curve and preserve the acidity of the fruit.
The vineyard’s high elevation exposes the fruit to intense sunlight, ensuring consistent ripening and highly developed flavors. The nose opens with intense blackberry fruit underscored by dark molasses. On the palate, the wine quickly leads to dense berry characters and an inkling of white pepper spices and licorice. It begs to be aged, yet you may drink it now or hold for 10-plus years.