2009 Galante Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah •Olive Hill
California: Carmel Valley
Another outstanding achievement from our dear friend, Jack Galante, today’s delicious 2009 Galante Vineyards Petite Sirah is a real crowd pleaser. It is also a fantastic representation of the unique terroir of Jack’s Carmel Valley estate vineyard - and the winemaking prowess of Greg Vita.
Bright, juicy and loaded with character, today’s youthful wine is just beginning to come into its own. Drinking just beautifully as of this writing, the wine will only continue to improve. With enough fruit, acid and structure to make this a wine to lay down, we’re sure that it will continue to improve for years to come. That’s not holding us back, though, we’re drinking our bottles, now.
Pair with our own Grandma Annie’s Kitchen Chicken breasts, breaded with cheddar, garlic, butter breadcrumbs. Mix these simple ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and then coat chicken breasts before oven roasting. Enjoy!
Deep and dark, with inky magenta hues. A fine ring finest ring of glinting ruby circles the glass. When swirled, the wine leaves behind chubby, wine-stained tears.
Fragrant and lush, with the perfect balance of bright fruit and dark, heady, earthy aromas. Big, ripe blackberry, sloe berry and blueberry jump from the glass. These are quickly followed by dark plum, blueberry preserve, black cherry and sweet brown spice. After the wine breathes for a while, intriguing aromas of crushed violets, toasty caramel and cedar round out the nose.
Very well balanced, lead by blackberry, blueberry, plum and black cherry. These are perfectly balanced against sweet tobacco, Bing cherry, soft cigar box and crushed black flower petals. At the very end, a hint of sweet brown spice, black licorice, subtle graphite and black pepper appear.
Very long and deeply flavorful with long sustained dark fruit flavors that gradually yield to intriguing dried flowers, spice and minerals. The spreading dryness leaves the mouth feeling satisfied - and longing for another delicious sip.
What the Winery Says
We grow our Petite Sirah at two elevations on our property – 100 feet and 1800 feet. These two vineyards are quite different in temperature and soil and, as such, the grapes take on different characteristics. This entirely hand cultivated Petite Sirah imparts a lovely aroma of violets and rose. It has expressive flavors of bright cherry and sweet vanilla and a light tannic backbone.
Brix at Harvest: 23.9
Total Acid: 0.69
Harvest Date: 11/4
Production: 170 Cases
French Oak Aged
Galante Olive Hill Carmel Valley 2007 Monterey
Full-bodied and virile, even and rich, but with vibrant acidity and well-integrated, fine-grained, grippy tannins. Initial attack of violets, blueberries, and black raspberries unfolds with flavors of tobacco, black licorice, smoke, and spices. At 12.5% ABV, it proves there can be complexity and persistence without big alcohol-at least in the right terroir (in this instance, dry-farmed hillside fruit). Still an infant, with a long life ahead. Drink now to 2020+
-The World of Fine Wine, Issue 32, 2011
About the Winery
The Galante family has a long and storied investment in the Monterey Peninsula. Owner Jack Galante’s great grandfather, J. Frank Devendorf, was one of the founders of Carmel, a place established in the spirit of scenic beauty, festivity and creative expression. So it makes sense that the Galante credo is: Grow the finest grapes possible, and let the fruit express itself in the wine.
Since all of our grapes are estate grown from deep in Carmel Valley, each bottle of wine we produce embodies the characteristics of our unique region, exhibiting the natural flavors that are born from the land. Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot producers in Monterey County and all of California.
Winemaker Greg Vita
A fifth generation Californian, Greg has been a vineyard and winemaking consultant to wineries in the Napa Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Monterey County since 1994. Prior to opening his consulting business he was with Spring Mountain Vineyards in St. Helena for twelve years serving as Winemaker and General Manager.
A UC Davis graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Plant Science. After college, Greg went to work in the vineyards at Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, where by the end of his 14-year stay he had become general manager and winemaker. As word of his skill spread in Napa, he was asked to make wines for Frogs Leap, Dunn, Philip Tongi, Spottswood, and Chimney Rock.. He helped create the concept of a custom crush facility, allowing boutique wineries to bring their grapes to Spring Mountain and have them crushed.
Since the start of Galante Vineyards in 1994, Greg has shown his dedication to excellence in the rich, robust wines that he produces.
As Carmel Valley’s Wizard of Wine, you’ll never see Vita’s name on a wine label. But he’s the man behind the curtain at eight of the biggest names in the area, including Galante Vineyards, Heller Estate, Rombi Wines and Holman Ranch. He figures he’s responsible for developing 100 wines per year from the region, predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Winery owners hire Vita for his palate, but he’s also known as the go-to guy for starting a winery from scratch. Vita helps first-timers design their facilities, plant their vineyards, dig wine caves and hire staff. At Galante Vineyards he and Jack Galante designed an enormous production and storage barn that can be rented out by smaller neighboring wineries and dug 600 feet of caves into the hillside.