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Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: Our Petite Sirah has a dedicated following and this wine will only increase the numbers. Those who enjoy blockbuster fruit with dense concentration and inky, purple color are in for a treat. This wine is HUGE, but it is also balanced. The cool climate of the Los Alamos Valley allows for a longer hang time than other wine regions, and consequently this variety takes on a greater depth and refinement than when grown in a warmer climate. After a long, cool growing season, the grapes were harvested mid-November, at the tail end of the season when there were barely any leaves on the vine. A variety that easily produces, we kept it at three tons an acre to ensure complexity and intensity. The delestage method was employed with extended maceration and open-top fermentation completing in 31 days. The wine was then transferred into a combination of French and American oak barrels, 28% new, for 18 months aging. Our Petite Sirah has a deep, dark color and exudes aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries and plums with balanced notes of allspice and clove. Its outright inky, rich, complex, amazingly intense fruit character is not for the faint of heart. If you can resist the temptation to open it, further aging is recommended. Production is extremely limited. Serve with lamb, filet mignon, cassoulet, and other hearty dishes.

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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