2016 San Simeon Petite Sirah, Paso Robles
Along California’s Central Coast, the Paso Robles appellation of San Luis Obispo County provides an ideal climate for growing Petite Sirah. A dry climate promotes flavor development of the grapes. The Steinbeck Vineyard is located on a north-facing hillside. The Diablo soil is deep and well-drained with weathered calcareous sandstone and shale below a surface layer of a dark clay. 1103 Paulsen rootstock is well-suited to this region and varietal.
Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons employ traditional techniques to preserve the individual flavors and terroir and each parcel of land. Our Petite Sirah reveals deep, inky purple color. Aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, and thyme greet the nose. Aging in French and American oak barrels contributes notes of vanilla and oak spice. The mouthfeel is jammy and full-bodied. Firm tannins provide structure as the flavors build to a lengthy finish.