This week, we were out sourcing Petite Sirah grapes from Gary Branham Estate in the Rockpile AVA. This area is famous for Petite Sirah. The combination of elevation, terrain and a unique climate make this growing region like no other in Sonoma County, California, or the world, for that matter. And we’re particularly proud to bring back our single vineyard Petite Sirah designated bottling with these luscious Branham grapes.
You can’t drive out to Rockpile in the dark -- it’s about two hours north of Petaluma and north of Lake Sonoma, out in the middle of nowhere. By the time you’re greeted by the Rockpile Ranch fence and the sign that says “end of the road,” you’ve got another 30 minutes to go on dirt and gravel to get to the Branham Estate.
Our winemaker, Garrett Martin wouldn’t be deterred. He trekked out earlier this week at the very end of daylight and spent the night in his car (“I’m sure glad I don’t have that Mini anymore,” he said”), waking up at first light to oversee the picking of some amazing Petite Sirah fruit. Our beautiful little caviar of Petite Sirah arrived at Adobe Road Winery later in the afternoon.