J. Rickards "Brown Barn Vineyard" Petite Sirah
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J. Rickards "Brown Barn Vineyard" Petite Sirah - 2017

Item # 38208 750mL
$29.96/ Single Bottle
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$359.52 $323.57/ Case of 12
Color
Red
Vintage
Country
USA
Region
Sub-Region
Appellation/Village
Alexander Valley
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Winemaker Jim Rickards' winery is located on the northern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County.


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Staff Pick Notes

Simply one of the best Petite Sirahs around. I have spent time recently with Jim at the vineyard and he personally showed me how he tends to the vines for this specific varietal. From the positioning of the the cordon to the amount and arrangement of the leaves, these aspects and others add up to grapes that yield exceptional fruit to make a balanced wine. Hedonistic aromas that, with decanting, continuously unfold from the glass. Accessible, silky tannin and ripe fruit coat the palate. Bright acidity plays a role of lifting the wines mouthfeel. Jim has been in Alexander Valley, Sonoma for decades, building his winery with passion and focus. He is humble but talented in his approach. What a pleasure to have his limited production of wine here in NYC.

- SCB

Astor's Glossary of Terms

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Alexander Valley

Cyrus Alexander, for whom the Alexander Valley is named, planted the region's first vineyard in 1846. Situated at the top of Sonoma County, with about 15,000 acres of highly-prized vineyards, today’s Alexander Valley encompasses a variety of microclimates, supporting a wide-range of grape varieties. While Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme on the gravelly terrain of the valley floor, the region...

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