The 2015 Petite Sirah Earthquake offers up an inky purple color to the rim, copious quantities of blue and blackberry fruit, and notes of incense, camphor and earth. It is deep, ripe, full-bodied, fleshy and long. Rich on the attack, more black-berry, coffee and supple tannin than previous vintages. Spiked with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, it balances the deeply colored, firm-tannin Petite Sirah. The tannins are substantial, but tame enough to make this wine ready to drink—no decanting required.
The name Earthquake comes from the vineyard that was planted around the same time of San Francisco's great Earthquake in 1906. While mulling over a label name, Michael Phillips thought it only seemed fitting to relate this intense wine with the historical quake.