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Staten Family Petite Sirah

Staten Family Reserve Petite Sirah Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Field Stone’s Petite Sirah has been placed by critics in the same class as the finest Cabernet Sauvignons and rightfully is taking its place as one of the Sirahs on restaurant wine lists. Deep, rich, yummy, and smooth, this complex wine will become more fully integrated in the next three to five years on its way to full maturity over at least the next decade. Our long-time consultant, André Tchelistcheff, who loved this wine, often referred to it as the “wine of the angels,” in tribute to its glory and long ageing potential.

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.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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