2010 Espiritu - Port Style Dessert Wine
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Every few years we pick a few tons of Petite Sirah from the Bald Mountain Vineyard, high in the Mayacamas to make a vintage style port wine from. I like the combination of the Mountain fruit (rich and tannic) and the variety Petite Sirah (dark and acidic) because in the making of Port style wines the fermentation is stopped by adding high proof brandy. This “Fortification”, as it’s called, can dilute some of the color, acid and tannin of the wine, so it’s best done with a hearty variety like petite Sirah that can withstand this treatment. Unlike the Noblesse, which is also a dessert wine, the Espiritu is high in Alcohol (~19%) and needs to mellow in cask for 18 months to tame the headiness of the brandy. I source our Brandy from St George Spirits in Alameda, an exceptional artisan distiller who also makes Hangar One.