Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Wine Details

Description: The release date for our 2002 Petite Sirah is October 1, 2005. No doubt about it, this is an intense wine. The pour is inky black except when viewed under a strong lamp and held to a thin layer where it settles into a ravishing pool of brilliant clarity displaying dark reds with a deep purple rim. Trailing up from a rotating glass are fresh, massive, pure black fruit aromas with hints of blackberry and logan berry fragrances elegantly revealed in a way rarely seen in this variety. The flavors match the breath yet divulge even more with loganberry, cassis, licorice, fresh dough, and well-integrated oak notes resembling maple syrup. The texture is a multilayered coating of round supple thick black cherry. Left at the end of each sip are youthful, round, rich mature tannins balanced with wood. The wine allows for current consumption for those who can't wait yet graceful aging for those that prefer patience. Just 350 cases were produced. With proper storage the wine should last a decade or two.

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.


Back to David Fulton Winery information