Napa Valley, California
Corte Riva Petite Sirah 2009
Deep purple with nose and flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, black berries, and black pepper. Dense and rich on the palate, a perfect wine for steak.
Corte Riva was founded by husband and wife Nieves and Lawrence Cortez and Nieves' cousin Romel Rivera (hence Corte Riva) in 2001. They had emigrated from the Philippines to California in the '70s and worked in various wineries before eventually founding their own. Aside form his duties at Corte Riva, Romel is also the assistant winemaker at the highly regarded Pride Mountain Vineyards. The grapes for Corte Riva are sourced from various vineyards in Napa and occasionally the surrounding counties like Lake and Sonoma as well.