Style
Red
Type

Still

Winemaker

Mike Hirby

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varieties

Petite Sirah

Viticulture

Al Frediani's father bought this land, now prized for quality soils and climate, just after the beginning of the 20th Century, and Al has been living there ever since. The Carignane vines existed when Al’s father purchased the land, and Al estimates that they are 110 years old. Al planted the Petite Sirah blocks himself in the 1940s. The soils here, at the end of Pickett Road in Calistoga, are some of the most beautiful, rocky golden alluvial soils of volcanic origin in all of Napa Valley. The famous vineyard directly adjacent to the southwest has proven the quality of these soils to the public, but insiders and intelligent winemakers have been crowing about the quality of Al’s site for decades. Now, it’s our turn! Starting in 2009, the Petite Sirah and Carignane wines make up a large portion of Ritual, and in 2010, we began making a vineyard designate Petite Sirah.

Soil

rocky golden alluvial soils of volcanic origin in

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Vinification

Grapes are crushed into one-ton T-bins, punched down by hand, gently transferred to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered

Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak

Available Sizes (L)

0.750