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Petite Sirah, North Coast

Petite Sirah, North Coast Wine Details

Description: Black purple hues embrace blackberry, chocolate and orchid aromas and open into mouth filling flavors that remind one of just how good a petite sirah can be. Fifteen months in American oak endow this lovely wine with sufficient hints of spice and toast to call for an evening by the hearth and a plate of rich gorgonzola or morels roasted with Guenoc’s petite sirah, onions, garlic and rosemary.

Varietal Definition
Petite Sirah:
Petite Sirah is the same as the French variety known as Durif, a cross of Peloursin, with the true Syrah. A French nurseryman, Dr. François Durif, propagated the grape trying for resistance to powdery mildew and named it after himself, in the 1870s. Petite Sirah has long been an important blending grape, prized primarily for its deep color and fairly intense tannin. It is the variety most often chosen to blend into Zinfandel for added color, complexity, body, and to tone down the tendency of Zins toward "jammy" fruit.


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