THE C.R. SANDIDGE WINES
2013 Whistle Punk
Petit Sirah 14%
2013 was a very fine growing season. It was a tad warmer and more extended yet than the 2012 vintage. Grape growers were able to hang decent amounts of fruit and have the grapes fully ripen come September and October. The grape varieties Malbec and Merlot did experience very uneven ripening vine to vine. This made for a somewhat challenging harvest. All other varieties ripened uniformly.
Our 2013 Whistle Punk was crafted using grapes from a number of excellent Washington State vineyards. The Malbec, Merlot and Petit Sirah were harvested from the Bob Buoy vineyard located in the Yakima Valley AVA region. Bob is one of our State’s finest. He is refreshing to work with as he is totally dedicated to growing superb quality grapes. His vineyard site is just west of the town of Benton City. The terroir is without question amazing for growing serious red wine grapes varieties. Only 18 – 24 inches of clay loam top soil exist prior to encountering fractured calcareous basalt and finally basalt bedrock. The vineyard growth is easily manipulated as it is easy to water stress. The Syrah grapes were supplied by the always excellent Rivers Bend Vineyard.
All fruit was handpicked into ½ ton bins. Within hours, the fruit arrived at the winery to ensure the highest quality possible. All of the grapes were sorted by hand to glean out any damaged fruit. The grapes clusters were destemmed and lightly crushed into one – ton fermentation bins. The yeast fermentation proceeded at temperatures ranging from 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit over a twenty two day period. Once the yeast fermentation was complete, the wines were transferred to new French Oak barrels. The malo – lactic fermentation was permitted to take place in the barrels using native bacteria. After twenty – two months of barrel aging, the wines were racked from barrel and bottled. This wine was tightly filtered at bottling.
Once again, our tradition of crafting a masculine red possessing excellent fruit and barrel complexities is offered in the 2013 Whistle Punk. Raisined black cherry and a slight note of blackberry match perfectly with caramel, toasted coconut and espresso coffee barrel flavors and aromas. The mouthfeel is full bodied and persists for quite a while after passing over your palate. This wine may be aged a good 8 to 10 years. Enjoy with grilled beef steak or platter full of BBQ pork. I would recommend you decant this wine a good thirty minutes prior to consuming if opened before 2016. Thank-you for your friendship and support. Enjoy!!
|Acidity:||5.4 grams per liter|
|Residual Sugar:||4 grams per liter|