This is my attempt to fix Amarone style almost raisined Lodi Mettler Vineyard Petite Sirah grapes which were too hogh in alcohol (i.e. too high brix to make high end table wine. Pinnacle is my name for any Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc blend. This is about 56% Cabernet Sauvignon from 3 Cabernets. If has a bit of Washington Sheridan Syrah and my own organic Regent grapes. Alcohol is about 14.6% which is high but still okay IMHO. I made this for my wife Carol because it is rich and non-acidic.
So here is what I see, taste and smell:
colour - inky purple so it should age
smell - good, clean, rich nose........... plums, chocolate, pomegranate, figs, walnuts, cherries
acid - perfect (slightly high which surprised me but augurs well for aging this wine)
tannin - really good (this will age because the acid is slightly high)
flavour - rich, intense.....this is a really tasty Petite Sirah blend. I have lots so will mete it out slowly to my wife who doesn't drink wine as much as I do over at least the next 5 years
aftertaste - first class, long finish.................this is very good. I'll give it 9 out of 10. It is that good. I.ve been a wine judge who has won multiple competitions. This is first class.
Bottom line - If you have grapes that look healthy and ripe like this high brix Mettler Petite Sirah (hand destemmed and fermented uncrushed with nutrient fed RC212 yeast) then treat it like Van Gogh would treat paint or brushes. Try to keep the flavour of the high brix Amarone style grapes by diluting them with lower brix, higher acid grapes to get the alcohol below 15%.
Last taste of this - really rich, intense, acid is only slightly low for me but perfect for my wife, tannins is perfect. This wine has a long finish. It has a long aftertaste which my wife will like once the tannins soften over time. This is a really rich and tasty wine for someone who doesn't like a lot of acid.
Petite Pinnacle 2021
|Petite Pinnacle 2020 - 2021|
|Dineen Cabernet Sauvignon JJ 2020|
|Amador Cabernet Sauvignon JJ 2020|
|Sheridan Syrah JJ 2020|
|Amador Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 KO|
|Petite Sirah KO 2021|
|Regent KO 2021|