2016 ” Veneration” Red Blend
The 2016 “VENERATION” is a proprietary red blend from Aratas Wine. The wine is an homage to Petite’s heritage and produced from Petite Sirah and Syrah grapes grown in Napa Valley.
The Veneration gives homage to the noble heritage of Petite Sirah in a proprietary blend.
This wine reunites the American Heritage varietal we are known for along with its Father, the noble Syrah from the land of Rhone. Aratas Wine is a new world wine from the Napa Valley California’s first designated viticulture area. So, it’s only fitting the wine is a blend from two of our best sites in the valley.
All the grapes sourced for this exuberant wine were grown on our best vineyard sites; mountain fruit from Bald Mountain Vineyard on Mount Veeder and the highest planted site in Napa. The Syrah is from a stellar vineyard source in Los Carneros. Our wines are hand harvested, hand sorted then immediately analyzed by state of the art optical sort equipment to ensure just those of optimum quality make it into the wine.
We fermented the must independent of each other on native yeasts then blended just before bottling. The wine was barrel aged for 22 months in 1 and 2 year old Hungarian and French oak then bottled ufiltered and un-fined. This wine was specifically designed as an ensemble to show the softer style of Petite and enables us to bring it to market a bit earlier and younger than our single vineyard wines.
The Veneration honors the Patriarch Syrah in a style that expresses its elegant noble roots.
The 2016 Veneration has a meaty mid palate with a firm grip and expresses the aromas of warm wild blackberries, dried fig and cured bacon. There is a touch of soy and dried tea leaves lingering on the nose. Rich in color and meaty in texture this wine has subdued tannins for a Petite based wine.
70% Petite Sirah/ 30% Syrah
Napa Valley, AVA
Winemaker, Matt Sunseri
90 – Pts The Wine Advocate [Lisa Perotti-Brown]
90 -Pts The Wine Enthusiast [Virginie Boone]
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