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Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Wine Details

Description: Visualize deep red or cerise with purple hues glittering in a swirling pool at the bottom of your glass. The precious liquid begins to release unforeseen freshness and bright black fruit aromas with hints of toast and maple syrup. It is as if the wine were placed instead in a carefully crafted goblet warming each breath as if taken in by the glow of a warm fireplace. Driven to taste the draw of the first few drops take you by surprise as to how powerful and fresh the fruit comes through with merely a touch of oak. Each sip brings a new play of notes with black cherry in front followed by blackberry, boysenberry, currants, allspice, cassis and chocolate. The texture across the mid-pallet is elegant, sweet round tannins with some grip reserved for bottle aging. Hey, after all, this is Petite Sirah! Finally, the lasting effect is long and silky with black fruit lingering to the end. We recommend decanting or letting the bottle sit at room temperature a while to soften the tannins for those who can't resist the temptation to taste upon buying. Otherwise, a bottle with proper storage 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.


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