Rogue Valley features for LÜK – 2017 Petite Sirah Rogue Valley
Savvy travelers and outdoor enthusiasts have long appreciated this region’s natural bounties. Grapevines have been grown here since the 1840’s, historically making it Oregon’s first, oldest vine-growing area. In the last couple of decades, Rogue Valley has a new generation of winemakers, who have taken the baton from their historic predecessors and picked up the pace. This region’s uniqueness stems from its multi-faceted diversity in climate conditions, elevations, soil types, and exposures. It is truly, one of those rare pockets where such a phenomenon exists. It actually presents a tantalizing opportunity for vine-growers, winemakers, and ultimately wine enthusiasts. From crisp, minerally white wines, to dense, bold reds (and pretty much everything in between), winemaking can be done and at the highest levels.
This impressive wine builds on ripe black-cherry fruit with a wide seam of cola. The tannins are polished and provide plenty of grip, but do not dominate. The Petite Sirah was cofermented with 7% Roussanne. —P.G.