2006 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
California: Dry Creek Valley
The Rise of Agent KGB
Thank you, Miro Tcholakov, and VC Cellars! Our Operatives have been practically begging us to procure a stellar Petite Sirah - and we’ve found it in your delicious 2006 VC Cellars Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah. Miro, who we affectionately dubbed “Agent KGB”, back in 2007, shows off his consistently excellent skills with this sometimes demanding varietal. All of Miro’s Petites have been just superb, and today’s example is no exception. This wine is big, layered and complex, but it has just enough acidity to give it a clean feel. The acidity also makes this wine an outstanding companion for a complex meal with each sip providing a flavorful cleanse of the palate. Pair with nearly anything, including a paella with spicy chorizo. Enjoy now, or cellar for the next several years.
Darkest magenta hures, with a deeper, slightly opaque heart. At the edges, a ring of pure ruby runs a thin circle around the wine. After swirling, tall legs take a very long time to appear. When they do, they take a very long time to descend.
Lush and richly layered, with abundant wild blackberry, black cherry, dark raspberry, spice and dried meats. Allow the wine to breathe and be rewarded with additional aromas of anise, bramble, leather and tobacco leaf.
Jammy blackberry, fresh blueberry, dark plum, tobacco leaf and slate take an early lead. As the wine opens, earthy cocoa, espresso bean, cedar, leather, pepper and sweet spice follow on.
Plump and ripe with layers of black and red fruit that very gradually tail off to reveal earthy spice, black pepper, leather and crush black flower petals. At the very end of the long finish, black pepper, anise and a hint of eucalyptus persist.
What the Winery Says
Awards and Accolades
- Double Gold — 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- Gold Medal — 2010 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
- Petite Sirah
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California, US
- VC Cellars
- 297 cases
- Bottle Size
- 750 ml
About the Winery
Located in the northwestern region of Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley has a rich history of ranching and fruit farming going back to the 1850s and has been the place called “home” for our family for several generations. In 1959, Victor’s parent, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue, decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. Finding a vibrant Italian farming community in Sonoma County, the Trentadues settled their family here and were among the very first to plant new grapevines in Sonoma County after the days of Prohibition. Dry Creek Valley was also great sheep farming territory and Victor took part in many sheerings down in the old barn — the chalk marks keeping count are still in evidence on the barn walls!