September 13, 2021 at 3:42 pm #10015LeftCoastModerator
History of the Winery/AVA/Vineyard: Livermore Valley
Our family venture began when Lisa and Lothar Maier purchased a 20 acre vineyard located on Kalthoff Commons in the southwest corner of the Livermore Valley in January 2006. We decided that the existing vineyard was not up to our standards. That year, we pulled the existing vines and tilled the soil so as to break the hardpan barrier that resides below the surface of this region. We then planted small parcels in different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. Today, Las Positas Vineyards is a family winery that produces small lots of estate grown wines with unique character and exceptional quality. (source: Las Positas Vineyards Web Site)
Wine Maker: Brent Amos
Per Brent, the season was slightly warmer than usual and more cluster thinning than usual. Wine was fermented in stainless steel, then moved to mainly American Oak, of which 20% was new. 422 cases were bottled and sold to Costco.
Costco Notes: It exhibits luscious aromas of plum, blueberry, spice and mocha. The palate is full bodied and complex, with flavors of blackberry, raspberry, earth and pepper.
Left Coast Tasting Notes:
Color: Very nice Ruby color, a bit lighter than a typical Petite Sirah, a medium bodied wine.
Nose (aromas): Very pleasant bouquet, with a fruity nose.
Palate (flavors): As a medium bodied wine, this wine was pleasant to drink as soon as you pulled the cork. As we drank, we picked up raspberry and blackberry with a finish that is very pleasant.
Summary: We all enjoyed this wine from a drinkability point of view, but the label does not reflect a typical full bodied Petite Sirah. This would be considered a sipping wine which doesn’t require food, although it would go well with a sauce based chicken or glazed pork.
Rating: Wednesday late afternoon to Thursday morning for a Petite Sirah
(Wine Enthusiast 90pts)
Costco SKU: 1088023
Store Location: Danville, CA
Date of Tasting: 9/3/2021
Tasting Panel: M.S., L.F., B.H., A.T., M.A., C.P.
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