LIBRARY: Petite Sirah 2007 - 1.5L
For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be con- fused with Syrah... Petite Sirah was originally discovered by a French botanist Francois Durif, working at the Montpel- lier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this variety growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif.
Unfortunately, the tight clusters were prone to bunch rot and the wines that were produced were considered too big and tannic for the French palate and the variety was eliminated and is no longer found in France. It did make its way to California and other parts of the world where it is known as Petite Sirah. There is nothing “petite” about it – even the berries are very large and the wines can be enormous. The key to user friendliness is patience to allow the seeds to ripen, allowing the tannins to relax. Through genetics, it was determined that this variety was the result of pollination of a Peloursin flower with Syrah pollen.
With Petite Sirah mountain and valley-floor vineyards producing remarkably different character in recent vintages, we just had to celebrate these different personalities and share them with our friends. Combining the characters of 2006’s Muscleman and Pepperland, this one is just as muscular, ripe and complex as you might expect. This is serious RED WINE! –BF
2007 Petite Sirah – 95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The black/purple 2007 Petite Sirah may well be around in 50-60 years, when most of us will be pushing up daisies. In fact, it probably needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years. A massive, pedal-to-the-metal Petite Sirah that looks like pen ink, the wine displays notes of creosote, pepper, spice box, blackberry, and blueberry, with hints of incense and floral undertones. It is dense and almost looks like syrup being poured into a glass. It is obviously not for everybody, as it is certainly a controversial New World wine, but these wines will become more and more civilized as they age, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is spoken of with reverence 40-50 years from now."
2007 Petite Sirah – 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Saturated black-ruby. Crushed blackberry and blueberry aromas are perked up by spices, pepper, violet and flinty minerality, with a smoky element adding complexity. A dense, powerful cocktail of berries with outstanding sweetness and thrust. For such a concentrated wine, this shows uncanny suavity of texture and lift. Finishes with broad, fine-grained tannins and palate-staining length. An exceptional Petite Sirah: I can see this going on in bottle for 20 years."
2007 Petite Sirah – 92 points James Suckling
"This is a hammer with a red velvet cover. Not sure what to say about t his one. Violets, lilacs, crushed dark fruits, rosemary, and lavender on the nose. Full and very powerful, with big velvety tannins. Soft and luscious, massive yet balanced. Very impressive considering the 16.5% alcohol."
2007 Petite Sirah – 92 points Wine Spectator
"Thick tannins create a mouthfilling experience of dark, concentrated and brambly flavors of wild berry and licorice. There's impressive intensity, with spicy cigar box, mineral, clay, pepper and violet grace notes on the long finish."