2016 Eos Santa Margarita Reserve Petite Sirah, Paso Robles
The fruit for our Santa Margarita Petite Sirah is sourced from a small vineyard just outside of the town of Santa Margarita near Paso Robles. Planted on gentle slopes, its sandy loam soils help to promote vines with reduced vigor. Inky black in color, this Petite Sirah displays aromas of blackberry, cassis liqueur, violets and cured meats. The palate is dry with refined silky tannins, finishing with hints of sweet tobacco.
100% Petite Sirah
15 months in American and Hungarian oak, 18% new
2016 was another dry year in Paso Robles. An extremely mild winter led to an early bud break. There were very few frost days as our warm and mild weather defined the rest of the growing season. The fruit was harvested during September through October which was a couple weeks ahead of schedule; however, quality was high across the board.
For a region that has been growing grapes since 1797, Paso Robles has all of a sudden become one of the “hottest” AVAs in California. Located midway between Santa Barbara and Monterey, this rolling countryside is synonymous with big, rich, high-character wines. The west portion of Paso Robles enjoys a moderately cool climate thanks to the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean. This is great ground for Chardonnay. The inland east side is warm and sunny and perfect for Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.