2018 Petite Sirah


Petite Sirah 100%

The 2018 vintage was a growing season rates a solid 8.0 on a scale of 0 to 10.  Grape growers were able to hang decent amounts of fruit and have the grapes fully ripen come September and October.  All in all, 2018 was a very good growing season.

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The fruit harvested for our 2018 Petite Sirah came from a single vineyard site.  A Newcomer with incredible potential.  I say this based on the fruit quality from this Chelan County site.  The name of the vineyard is Native River.  It is farmed by Mary and Dirk Kayser.  The vineyard is situated slightly uphill along the Columbia River.  The soils are sandy – sandy loam with rock outcrops here and there.  It is a warm location.  The site is oriented to maximize warmth and sunlight.  So much so that fruit ripens a full week ahead of Lake Chelan basin fruit.

Harvest: Harvest:  All fruit was hand-picked, sorted and destemmed – crushed into one ton fermentation bins.

Fermentation: Fermentation:  EC118 yeast was utilized for the primary fermentation.  The must was fermented for 10 days on the skins prior to pressing.

Malo-lactic Fermentation: Malo-lactic Fermentation:  Malo – lactic fermentation was fully completed while the wine was in barrels.

Filtration Level: Very tight at bottling.

Barrels: All wine was aged for 21 months in 100% French oak barrels.  The French oak forests we sourced was “Center of France”.

This varietal Petite Sirah bottling is a first for C R Sandidge and I am very happy with the wine quality this fine vineyard provided Athena and I with.  The wine is a deeply colored purple wine with medium plus body.  Flavors and aromas of very ripe purple plums, sage, the tiniest hint of lavender and black currants complete the flavor and aroma profile.  This is a very versatile food wine.  Match with Lamb Kefta  (See wine pairing below)

Grilled Lamb Kefta with Grilled Garlic Tomatoes
A simple yet delicious ground lamb recipe which is best when grilled rather than pan fried. Serve with grilled garlic tomatoes, tzatziki sauce and fresh chopped cilantro and dill.


Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 14.0%
pH: 3.57
Acidity: 5.3 grams per liter
Residual Sugar: 1g/liter
Cases Produced: 123 + 11 Bottles
AVA: Columbia Valley

This wine was produced utilizing Sustainable grape growing & winemaking practices.

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $45.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $36.00
Case Discount: 30%