This wine takes us back to slower times when people held family reunions on the banks of pastoral Midwestern creeks. Aromas of blackberry and black cherry, in conjunction with elements of sweet pipe tobacco, dried brush and clove, provide breadth and depth while the mid-palate reveals more black cherry as well as dark cocoa, toasted oak and black tea. It is smoothly textured on the tongue and structured with dusty tannins and fresh acidity.
The heart of the Paso Robles region lies 25 miles inland from the coast with mild conditions in winter, spring and fall. Summers are mostly hot and dry, but a break in the coastal range called the “Templeton Gap” allows a marine layer to move inland late in the day, lowering temperatures and providing the cool evenings and nights that promote well-balanced grape acidity.
The Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles is best known for the pass in the coastal range that bears its name. The region features warm sunny days, an overnight cooling cycle that starts in the afternoon, and heavy clay soils with significant concentrations of limestone. The combined effect of exposure, climate and soil thoroughly ripens fruit and encourages the formation of desired grape acidity in the finished wines.
Sunset Ridge Vineyard is a small, family-owned property devoted exclusively to petite sirah. Planted circa 2001 on 110R rootstock and later trained to bilateral trellising, the vines are hand pruned, hand harvested and farmed with sustainable practices including permanent cover crops and beneficial insects that prey on undesirable pests.