Miro Cellars hand crafts small lots of artisan wines from vineyards selected for their intense varietal characteristics and unique terroir. The 2012 vintage will go down in history as one of the better California vintages. 2012 delivered perfectly ripe, balanced fruit, and wine with great aromatics and solid structure. This Petite is a complex and age-worthy wine with abundant aromas and flavors of blueberries and blackberries. The finish is long, dark, and delicious.
The fruit was handled in the most gentle way possible, hand sorted and fermented in small open top fermentors with minimal hand punch-downs per day. As usual, the most effort was in extracting as little as possible of the massive tannins for which Petite is known. The malolactic fermentation was done in barrels; aged in 55% new European oak barrels for about 11 months.
The shortest way to describe the wine would be “dark and delicious” undoubtedly Petite Sirah in its core but with refined and balanced tannin and—surprising for Petite—softness. Loads of blueberry and blackberry on the nose followed by toasty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar and dark molasses. The mouth feel is big and juicy, extracted but not heavy, finishing with fresh acidity and a sense of balance. Cheers!