Hames Valley is one of the most perfect places on earth to grow top quality Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. It is situated just north of the San Luis Obispo county line and lies at the foot of the Santa Lucia Range in a Region IV growing climate with just the right amount of sunshine hours to achieve optimal flavor development. The soils of our estate Hames Valley Vineyard are Lockwood shaly loam, with fragments of broken rock that create fracture lines for the vine roots to penetrate deeply. The climate of Hames Valley is uniquely characterized by a very wide diurnal range with a day-to-nighttime temperature variation of up to 50°. The long, warm days are a must for top-notch Petit-Petite, while the dramatic nighttime cooling preserves firm structure and balanced acidity
After night harvesting the grapes in Hames Valley, they were brought to the winery, destemmed, crushed and fermented at about 80°F. Daily pump overs were performed to extract optimal flavor and color, then at dryness, the must was pressed, settled, and racked clean for aging on American and Hungarian oak. To retain varietal character, each lot was fermented and aged separately prior to blending.
Very Dark Red. The name frankly speaks for itself. Petit Verdot is a grape of dark color, stout tannins and concentrated flavors. The small berries of Petite Sirah means a more intense maceration of skin-to-juice ratio and some of the longest tannins of any vinifera. Together they create a dark, concentrated wine that can be enjoyed now but will age well for a decade or more. VDR is full-bodied yet supple, with deep, ripe fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry perfumed by delicate notes of crushed violet. A firm, chalky tannin structure belies the velvety, luscious mouthfeel. Dense flavors integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.
Grilled meats, short ribs, wild game, rich stews, savory Italian dishes, rib-eye and smoked cheeses.