Tuesday, September 2, 2008

URSA MAJOR

This week on Wine.woot -- a horizontal of PS from Ursa Vineyards in PaSo Robles. It's about time they offered another PS, though I'm not sure on the short-week/half-week sales numbers as compared to previous full-week offerings. Mad props once again to WineDavid for making me purchase even though I have neither the space nor the money:

2005 Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills

  • Pick date: 9/28/05, 10/21/05
  • pH: 3.52
  • Average brix at time of harvest: 25.1
  • Oak: European, 35% new, 20 months
  • ML: 100%
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • Cases Produced: 200

Petite Sirah Vineyard Blend

  • Blend: 33% Central Coast 33% Sierra Foothills 33% Paso Robles
  • pH: 3.58
  • Average brix at time of harvest: 24.8
  • Oak: Blend of Euro and American, 15% new, 20 months
  • ML: 100%
  • Alcohol: 13.5
  • Cases produced: 425

2005 Petite Sirah Paso Robles

  • Pick date: 10/3/05
  • pH: 3.85
  • Brix at time of harvest: 24.3
  • Oak: French oak, 25% new, 20 months
  • ML: 100%
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Cases Produced: 250
According to the winemakers,
flavor profiles: we choose pets from different appellations in calif for different fruit characteristics. generally, our vineyard blend offers classic dark fruits & spice; the paso has its blueberry fruit from shell creek vineyards; our sierra foothills gives wild blackberry fruits.

tannins: the vineyard blend is our most accessible with the softest tannin; paso is firm & present; and the sierra foothills may be the biggest in the bunch, its tannins somewhat angular.

aging/cellaring: we think they're all drinking well now. the vineyard blrnd is intended to be consumed sooner rather than later; the paso will do well for the next 5 yrs; the sierra foothills, however, has the structure for aging. admittedly, we don't have the history with this vineyard to suggest more than 5 years, but we feel that this wine could go 10. thanks for the query! i also wanted to suggest that the wine will really open up from 10 - 20 min in the glass.

2 comments:

ursamakers said...

how does one send samps, perhaps a vertical?

Loweeel said...

ursamakers -- email me at same name at gmail. :)