2018 THREE Petite Sirah Contra Costa County

THREE Petite Sirah Contra Costa County

¥4,400 (incl. tax)

This dense and spicy wine exudes blueberry, fig, prune, and blackcurrant, with alluring notes of leather, cocoa nibs, baking spice, and licorice. It will taste great before, during, or after barbecue! Like Zinfandel, Petite Sirah arrived early in California, where it gained a strong foothold as it simultaneously disappeared in Europe. For most of the 20th century, the grape was used to improve blends of Zinfandel, Syrah and even Cabernet Sauvignon with its characteristic inky black color, bright acids and hefty tannins. More recently, it’s become a popular varietal wine. Three’s Petite Sirah comes from the Mazzoni Vineyard in Contra Costa County, a mature vineyard planted in soils so sandy that the vines yield but small amounts of intensely-flavored fruit. Vines have been growing here since the 1880s, and a small portion of the grapes in the blend are from Carignane and Mataro vines planted by Signor Mazzoni himself.


Winery Description

Matt and Erin Cline, the owners and proprietors of the Three Wine Company maintain a philosophy about wine, namely, that it can be reduced to just three vital elements: dirt, microclimate and sustainable wine-growing. By sourcing fruit from old vineyards in Contra Costa, Napa and Sonoma counties and by working closely with the growers who own them, they not only supply quality wine to customers but help preserve a unique aspect of California’s agricultural heritage.

If Matt Cline is a name that rings familiar to Hotei customers, it should! The younger brother of Fred Cline, Matt studied entomology at UC Berkeley and then enology at UC Davis and went on to become Cline Cellars’ winemaker from 1985 to 2001. But from the start, Matt was involved in much more than just making Cline wines. In fact, he played a large role in discovering and helping to preserve the old vineyards that produced the fruit for some of Cline’s top wines. When Fred Cline established the winery in Oakley (in Contra Costa, along the San Joaquin River delta), it was Matt who made handshake deals with the Spinelli, Evangelho and Lucchesi families who owned such plots known as Bridgehead and Big Break. Planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrant farmers as long ago as the 1890s, the Zinfandel, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Carignan vines had managed to survive such crises as phylloxera and prohibition. Rooted in well-drained, sandy soils and farmed without irrigation, these ancient vines yielded little quantity but offered character that isn’t found in the fruit of younger vines. By recognizing the potential for these low-yielding vineyards in an unrecognized region to produce fine wine, Matt Cline managed to save them from succumbing to the next real crisis: the sprawling East Bay suburbs that were reaching northern Contra Costa County.  

In the 2000s, Matt Cline moved on from the Cline family business to found other ventures, such as Trinitas, which he sold in 2006, a brand of late harvest Riesling called S3x (small, sweet sips), and eventually the Three Wine Company. In all his ventures, he has sought out old vineyards and encouraged their owners to adopt sustainable farming and nourish these historic plots to good health. 

Three Wine Company is located in Clarksdale, California and makes wine from not only the same Contra Costa vineyards that Matt has worked with for over three decades, but heritage vineyards in the Russian River and Napa valleys as well. While some of Three’s wines are single varietals, Matt prefers the magic that occurs by blending Zin, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Cinsault, which he believes is both more historically accurate and sustainable. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Contra Costa County
Winery Three
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 94% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 1% Mataro
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 31.0
Case Size 31.5 x 23.5 x 32.0
Alcohol 15.4%
Product Code TW18PS
UPC 094922115041

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Tasting notes

Blueberry, boysenberry, and black cherry aromas with hints of mint, violets and spice give way to dark fruit flavors structured with acidity and firm tannins. 



Co-fermented with a small amount of Carignane and Mataro, and aged in (mostly neutral) French and American oak.

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