Rock Wall Wine Company graciously sent me a bottle of their latest release of Petite Sirah as a sample for review and we decided to enjoy it and grill a couple of grass-fed sirloins. Rock Wall Wine Company was founded in 2008 and is housed in a 40,000 square-foot airplane hangar in Alameda. They get their grapes from vines throughout Northern CA, including vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and Contra Costa Counties. I was interested to see whether this young winery could deliver with their 2009 Petite Sirah.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Rock Wall Wine Company’s 2009 Petite Sirah is from Gamble Ranch in Napa Valley. It is 100% Petite Sirah and was harvested in Sept. 2009. The wine was aged in French and Neutral Oak barrels and released April 30, 2011. The wine has 15% alcohol content and retails for $30. (for more info see www.rockwallwines.com )
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The 2009 Rock Wall Petite Sirah pours a deep, dark plum. It has a sweet nose of black cherries and ripe blackberries with a hint of cocoa. You immediately get a mouthful of beautiful, dark fruit; cherry, plum, and blackberries. The fruit is followed with smooth tannins and a long finish of dark chocolate. The Rock Wall is a really luxurious Petite Sirah and I am surprised it is so young because it is balanced and easy to drink now. This Petite Sirah should age pretty gracefully over the next few years as well. It paired nicely with our steaks and would also complement a nice roasted duck. Great job by Rock Wall Wine Company…grab a bottle and enjoy!
My Wine Rating- B+