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Petite Sirah Syrah, El Dorado

Petite Sirah Syrah, El Dorado Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Deep, dark and purple with an intense blast of blueberries and violets. Integrated layers of American oak and vanilla precede the balanced finish of spicy pepper and soft round tannins that make you want to drink it now and lay some down – this wine will age beautifully! Made from 50% EstatePetite Sirah and 50% El Dorado Syrah. Aged 12 months in 50% American oak and 50% French oak. Drink now to 2012.

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.
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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