Making your own wine is satisfying and easy. As long as you ferment great juice, keep everything sanitary, and give it enough time to age (3 months or more for whites, 6 months or more for reds), you will get great wine.
Here at William’s, we have developed our William’s California Wine Kits with this philosophy in mind. Our Kits include 96 ounces of pure California varietal grape concentrate, condensed at temperatures that never exceed 180 degrees F. from Central Valley wine grapes picked at their ripe peak in the late Summer and early Fall. To complement the varietal juice, specially selected dry wine yeast, oak chips, and nutrient are also included as needed. Unlike many wine kits featuring added sugar, this 116 ounces of pure concentrate is all that is needed (except for the yeast and additives) to produce 3 gallons of varietal wine.
Petite Sirah is named after its small grape size, not the size of the finished wine. This is a big, tannin-loaded dry red that is best aged a year or more. Overtones of black pepper, blackberry, and licorice can be detected in the finish. A wine that can age for several years and continually improve.
REFRIGERATION REQUIRED: Refrigerate this product upon receipt. Shelf life is 4 weeks after receipt if refrigerated.
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This is my 2nd kit. The first one i followed the directions but was not happy due to oxidation, losing all its deep color and some flavor. I highly recommend stabilizing after fermentation, omitting potassium sorbate until just before bottling as I did on my 2nd kit...huge improvement. Retained that deep inky purple color. I let it age 2 months in carboy. This is gonna be a good one, after 12 months!