Once used primarily as a blending grape to provide color
and structure, Petite Sirah has proven it can stand on its own,
yielding complex, intense and ageworthy wines. Mendocino
County, with its warmer Mediterranean climate, is an ideal location
for this varietal. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen fully, producing
powerful, richly flavored wines. This Petite Sirah comes from several
vineyards in eastern Ukiah Valley, near Lake Mendocino.
The color is dark red, almost black, with violet hues. Bright aromas
with dark and brooding fruit of blackberries, dry forest and exotic
spices with nuances of leather and tar. Flavors of black cherry,
cassis, nutmeg and allspice with a mouthfeel that is highly textured,
like velvet, and a very slight grip that is beneficial for aging. This
reflects the mature tannin profile gained by extra “hang time” on
the vine, a hallmark of “new era” Petite Sirahs. This wine pairs with
hearty fare such as grilled meats, osso bucco, venison and red pasta
sauces. It also goes well with blue cheeses like Stilton and Gorgonzola
and other strong cheeses. For fun, try it with chocolate truffles or a variety of nuts.
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Blend: 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel
TA: 0.64 gms/100ml
Harvest Dates: October 21-22, 2010
Bottling Date: March 7, 2012
Aging: 100% French Oak, once
Mendocino’s Mediterranean climate is notable
for warmer days, which provide optimal ripening
conditions, producing powerful, richly flavored
wines, while cool evenings help Petite Sirah retain
balanced acidity and good structure.
Really lovely and elegant with a subtle finish and good nose. Can be found for around $25, depending on where you live and shop.
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