LIBRARY: Petite Sirah 2008 - 750ml
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
2008 Petite Sirah – 91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Petite Sirah has a wickedly opaque blue/purple color and a tight but promising nose of acacia flowers blueberries and blackberries. In the mouth it is still grapey tasting more like a barrel sample than a finished wine. It shows surprisingly sweet tannins for a Petite Sirah but is actually very civilized. This wine should become more drinkable in 5 years and last for 20 or more.”
2008 Petite Sirah – 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Saturated ruby. Pungent aromas of briary blackberry chocolate pepper and spices. High-toned fruity and rich but not over the top with dark berry and chocolate flavors dominating. This has none of the chalkiness or dryness of many petite sirahs; in fact in texture it's more syrah-like. Finishes round rich palate-saturating and long with fairly light tannins.”
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