Earthquake Petite Sirah 2015 | Over the top and shattering to the veins
Over the top and shattering to the veins, these wines possess major concentration and daring flavor. The original is the Earthquake Zin which came from an old Lodi vineyard planted around the same time of San Francisco’s great Earthquake of 1906. While mulling over a label name in the vineyard, Michael Phillips thought it only seemed fitting to relate this intense wine with the historical quake. These dark and voluminous wines including Earthquake Petite Sirah 2015 will definitely leave your senses quivering.
Earthquake Petite Sirah 2015 presents an opaque purple color with notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, camphor, violets, and a long finish. The tannins are substantial but tame enough to make this wine ready to drink.
90RP | The Earthquake Petite Sirah is big and bold; loaded with black fruit flavors; long and rich on the palate. “One of the specialties of the Michael David Winery is their Petite Sirah, and the 2013 Earthquake Petite Sirah offers up an inky purple color to the rim, copious quantities of blue and blackberry fruit, and notes of incense, camphor and earth. It is deep, ripe, full-bodied, fleshy and long.”
The “petite” in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine. The leaves are large, with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters. The small berries create a high skin to juice ratio, which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period. In the presence of new oak barrels, the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.
Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic, with firm texture and mouth feel; the bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, and typically offers flavors of blue fruit, black fruit, plums, and especially blueberries. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color, and typically rounder and fuller in the mouth, and offers a brightness that Syrah lacks. The wines are very tannic, with aging ability that can exceed 20 years in the bottle.[
Michael David Winery
“Michael” and “David” are Michael and David Phillips, brothers whose family has farmed fruits and vegetables in the Lodi region since the 1850s. While cultivating wine grapes for nearly a century. So, Michael and David constitute the 5th generation of grape growers in the Phillips family. Plus, the 6th generation now joining the family business.
So, the Phillips family likes to emphasize the importance of quality wines with unique and fun labels. Winemakers Adam Mettler, Derek DeVries, and Jeff Farthing specialize in producing Lodi’s famous Old Vine Zinfandels. As well as Rhone varietals such as Ancient Vine Cinsault and Syrah for Michael David Winery. +
While farming with future generations in mind, the Phillips have adopted some of the most progressive sustainable farming practices in the state. Most importantly, all 800 acres of the family’s vineyards are the third-party certified. And the state’s first per ton bonus was issued for contracted growers to follow in the family’s footsteps.