Petite Sirah Harvest ’13

Harvest '13

Our harvest this year was pretty close to perfect.

Our harvest of the 2013 crop was about as good as we could hope. The weather this year provided ideal ripening. A warm spring, followed by a long hot summer, brought us to the end of the season with nice seasonally moderate temperatures. We achieved terrific sugar levels (Brix 24.4 at harvest) without the threat of rain or excessive heat waves. These conditions allowed lots of “hang time” for our grapes, which they loved. 2013 was truly a great vintage for Petite Sirah in our appellation of Sonoma Valley.

Harvest 13, winemaker

Winemaker Alex Beloz was delighted with our fruit.

Our winemaker, Alex Beloz came over to participate in the harvest and look at the grapes as they came in. A level-headed man of few words, Alex was nearly giddy with excitement over this year’s crop.

Harvest '13, grapes, Petite Sirah, Trueheart Vineyard Petite Sirah

A perfect bunch of petite sirah grapes.

Alex explained that unlike Cabernet or other varietals, a perfect bunch of Petite Sirah grapes at harvest should have some grapes that are full, sweet and juicy mixed in with some that are lightly dimpled. This year, our little two acre vineyard produced row after row of these perfect bunches of grapes.

Grape harvest, Harvest '13, Petite Sirah, Trueheart Vineyard Petite Sirah

Working in the fields.

The perfect growing conditions gave us our earliest harvest ever – September 19. The work began about 8 a.m. on a perfectly clear, cool, sunny morning and was done about two hours later.

The harvest means lots of hard work.

The harvest means lots of hard work.

Filling the bins of dew covered grapes.

Filling the bins with dew covered grapes.

Petite Sirah harvest, harvest 2013

Workers in the field bring in bins full of grapes and hand them up to the man on the truck who tosses them into large bins, pulling off leaves and canes as he works.

Petite Sirah harvest, harvest 2013

A large bin full of our grapes.



Petite Sirah harvest, harvest 2013,

Mia wanted in the action.

Petite Sirah grapes

Purple mountains majesty!

After the grapes were harvested, they were trucked over to Highway 12 winery, less than a mile away, where they were de-stemmed and crushed. The grapes and their juice rested in macro bins for about a week before being strained and moved into barrels.


In the end, we had six tons of grapes which translated into 15 barrels and approximately 375 cases of wine. It won’t be released for three years, but the wait will be sweet.

Coincidentally, the annual Plein Air Art Festival took place in Sonoma during the week of our harvest, and we hosted artist Michele Usibelli. She loved watching the harvest and did a beautiful take on the day.

Harvest '13,

Trueheart Vineyard Harvest ’13 by Michele Usibelli

We are still rather amazed that our little boutique family winery is producing such consistently beautiful fruit that makes such well-rated, sought after and delicious wine. We are a small little spot of heaven in a sea of large wineries, but year after year, we are making a name for ourselves and having so much fun along the way.

Thanks for reading.



2 responses to “Petite Sirah Harvest ’13”

  1. avatar Michele Usibelli says:

    Great recap of a fabulous day, it was so fun to be a part of the harvest! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. avatar Bobby says:

    Great post. I love the images! We’re looking forward to tasting the ’13 in three years!