Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2011
93 Points, Gold Medal - Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition, 2011
92 Points, Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute, 2011
Gold Medal - Winemaker Challenge Int'l Wine Competition, 2011
R&B Cellars, with their whimsical, musically themed labels, has been a favorite of ours since we first tried the wines here at WineHeist. On that first tasting we tasted several of their wines in a line-up with some other well known wines that we were more familiar with, and felt that the R&B wines more than held their own—then we looked at the prices, and found out that the R&B wines were less than half the price of the other wines in the flight! Needless to say, we were impressed, and when we recently tasted the 2008 Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, we immediately secured an allocation for our customers.
Despite the confusing "Petite" in the name (a reference to the berry size, not the resulting wine), Petite Sirah based wines, especially 100% varietal P.S. like this one, are known for being big, rich, and tannic, and the 2008 R&B Cellars Napa Valley Petite Sirah is no exception. Light purple in a color, with a ruby rim, this Petite offers a wonderfully Californian nose of black cherry, vanilla, blackberry, licorice, and smoked meat. The palate is smooth and lush, with cherry, blackberry, currant, tobacco and a hint of paprika. Chewy and rich, yet with smooth, round tannins, this has wonderful mouthfeel, and a long finish that leaves lingering cherry and berry flavors. One of the great things about Petite Sirah is that it often offers richness and depth at prices that other varieties can't compete with, and this one is a great example of that phenomenon. Don't miss out on this perfect fall and winter wine!
Bingham Ranch is one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. It has been in the same family since the mid 1800’s, homesteading times, and was planted with vineyards in the 1950’s. The Petite Sirah was planted in the 1980’s, and is on the northern edge of the ranch. It is a small berry clone that benefits from extended hang time for optimal ripeness.
Harvested in late October, the Petite Sirah from Bingham ranch was perfect. Fruit was hand sorted, and then crushed and de-stemmed into half ton macro bins. A five-day cold soak was done before fermentation. Hand punched down three times a day during fermentation and then gently pressed off and put into 100% brand new French oak barrels for eighteen months. The wine was racked four times while aging in barrels, and then lightly filtered for bottling.
Vineyards: Bingham Ranch, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvested: October 2008
Bottled: August 2010
Released: Fall 2010
Production: 270 Cases
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
10 coopers – Radoux, Jarnac, Boutes, St.Martin, Seguin Moreau, Treuil, Bel Air, Ermitage, Billon, Vicard - 100% new
R&B Cellars is Alameda's largest family-owned winery. As part of the burgeoning East Bay urban wine scene, the winery's core mission has been to create high quality wines that deliver tremendous value to the consumer. Since 1997, winemaker Kevin Brown has taken a detail-oriented and labor-intensive approach to crafting the highest quality wines. Each of the winery's varietals, having earned 90+ point scores and numerous accolades across the country, has helped to set R&B Cellars apart from the traditional players in the marketplace.
Kevin and Barbara Brown, the owners and winemakers, are jazz musicians, performing at winery events, winemaker dinners and wine tastings across the country. Their passion for jazz is evident by the beautiful musical wine labels and the fun, jazzy names. With over 30 years of experience in various areas of the industry, it is natural that the Brown family has extended their passion for making music into creating fantastic wine. Their motto: Wine That Swings! And it does.
Learn more at www.rbcellars.com.