2 Petite Sirahs For Under $20 That Will Please the Pocket and the Tongue

Pedroncelli 2009 Petite Sirah, SRP: $16

This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics, has been grown
side by side with Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley for over 100 years. Petite Sirah has been planted on this vineyard since the early 1900s and used in their Zinfandel production as an important part of the blend. The "Family Vineyard" connection is with Carol Bushnell who is John and Jim Pedroncelli’s niece; her vineyard has been a source of fruit since the 1940s. John blended this wine with half the fruit from estate vineyards and half from the Bushnell vineyard.

Harvested in late September, after a cool growing season, the slow ripening achieved great acidity, a high concentration of aromas and varietal flavors. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of the juice during fermentation al-lowed the young wine a substantial increase in flavor. The color extracted from the skins turns the wine a very deep purple color. The wine was aged for seventeen months in American and French oak barrels, one third new oak balanced with seasoned barrels.

The result is opaque and deep purple in the glass. This  Petite Sirah offers rich aromas of ripe cherry, white pepper and chocolate. It contains very deep and complex flavors of red plum and warm spice with a lasting finish braced by full tannins. It has the structure to age well over many years. Decant if desired .

Here is the perfect house wine or enjoy it for special occasions..

APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley     ALCOHOL 14.3 
BARREL AGING 17 Months in French and American Oak     pH 3.67


Crusher P.S. 2011, SRP: $18

Crusher Petite Sirah 2011


For more than 115 years, the Sebastiani name has been synonymous with
quality winemaking in Sonoma County. likewise, the Wilson family has been
growing grapes in the Clarksburg region south of Sacramento since 1922.
Created in tribute to the multi-generational partnership these two well-
regarded wine families have enjoyed, The Crusher is fittingly named for the point
where the fruit of one family’s labors literally gives way to those of the other.

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.


Rich, dark aromas of blackberries, violets, and crushed white pepper invite one
into this Clarksburg appellation Petite Sirah. A jammy array of blackberry and
black cherry flavors dominate the palate, complemented by hints of vanilla,
sassafras, and exotic oaky notes that linger through the finish. Full-bodied, with
rich mouth-filling tannins, the wine displays a multi-layered depth and complexity that invites lingered contemplation and enjoyment. This wine will pair nicely
with grilled meats, savory pastas like butternut squash raviolis with a brown
butter sage sauce, or even dark chocolate.

Hint: Decant or open and chill for several hours, bringing back to cellar temperature will enhance the drinking experience if you can’t give it a bit of time to age.

The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s
Sacramento Delta. Originally known for row crops like the Sugar Beet, the area
was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a micro-climate which
closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of
poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich, yet
sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to
cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures
down 30 to 40°F from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine
grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.

The 2011 vintage was a trying one for growers. It was an unusually cool year and
a late frost affected many vineyards cutting yields and pushing out harvest. The
weather remained unseasonably cool through much of the growing season, and
was devoid of any real grape ripening heat spikes until well into September. Rain
and lower temperature returned again in October further reducing yields and
bringing fears of botrytis. These early rain events gave way to the long-awaited
Indian summer, with the grapes finally getting ripe enough to pick. While the
harvest wasn’t abundant, the emerging crop displayed powerfully concentrated
flavors developed during the extended hang-time they enjoyed.

W!NEMAKER Greg Kitchens 

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