Spangler Vineyards Petite Sirah 2006
Petite Sirah from Umpqua Valley, Oregon
An inky dark, intense Petite Sirah with spicy floral rose petal notes, followed with full-bodied ripe tannins and flavors of ripe black cherry, red plum and white pepper.
While searching extensively for their dream small family-owned winery, Pat and Loree Spangler fell in love with Southern Oregon. The warm weather and multiple microclimates allow them to pursue their passion for Bordeaux-varietal wines--our location is extremely conducive to growing Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The beautiful landscape of the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua is a joy for them to view each and every day. In 2004 they moved to Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley, purchasing an established winery and vineyards. Old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, planted 1968-1971, is own-rooted and dry-farmed. All of their visitors park at the vineyard's edge, enjoying the view of these old, gnarly vines!
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About Umpqua Valley
The Umpqua Valley is much smaller than its northern neighbor, the Willamette Valley. Not necessarily in size, but in wine production. Like the Willamette Valley, the region lies between the Coast Range and the Cascade Range. The Umpqua Valley is a little bit drier than the Willamette, but less dry than the Rogue Valley.
The soil is diverse and the grapes best suited to it include Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some winemakers are experimenting with other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.
Oregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley
in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir
clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay
and Pinot Gris
. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah
. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.