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
When Victor and Cindy Trentadue launched VC Cellars, they let their 30+ years of vineyard management expertise guide their decision to focus on three varietal standouts: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon and limited their planting to just 12 acres on a gently sloping, southwest facing hillside in upper Dry Creek Valley.
The results have been more than mouthwatering — the first releases from 2005 and 2006 vintages brought home nearly a dozen awards from top wine competitions.
Winemaker Miro Tcholakov
Miro Tcholakov is our Vice President and Director of Winemaking Operations, overseeing all aspects of winemaking. Chiefly responsible for reinvigorating the Trentadue brand when he came aboard in 1999, Miro has worked tirelessly to take our wines to a new level of quality and prestige.
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, he was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. At his grandfather’s side, he learned how to make wine in the tradition of the generations that came before him.
“Making wine has been a lifelong dream of mine. After completing my studies in 1990 at the higher Institute of Agriculture in Bulgaria in Agronomy/Viticulture, I traveled to California on an Exchange program in wine business. I continued my education by attending Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis, focusing on specific courses in Winemaking and management. My internship started at Dry Creek Vineyards in the summer of 1990 and in nine years of employment, I transitioned through the ranks of Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker. It was during this time that I fell in love with two distinctively California varietals; Zinfandel and especially Petite Sirah.”
“I decided to move on and start my career as a head winemaker, accepting an offer from Trentadue Winery in 1999 to take over their winemaking operation. That new opportunity added to my excitement about Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, which have been two long standing staple varietals at Trentadue.”