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Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: Like the 2001 & 2002, our 2003 Petite Sirah hails from an exceptional one acre block of Bill and Trish Naylor's Petite Sirah vineyard, at 2,700 ft. elevation right here in Fair Play. At 25-30 years old, these vines are some of the oldest in Fair Play. The steep, one acre vineyard block that is ours exclusively has a sunny southwest exposure, is naturally low yielding (2 tons/acre in 2003), and delivers wonderfully ripened grapes.

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. Fran├žois 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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