The origin of Petite Sirah was unknown until 2003. Most plantings are believed to be the same grape as the French variety named Durif, a cross of Peloursin and Syrah created in the 1880’s. It is a wine high in tannins and with almost an “inky” color. Here we have floral aromatics of violets and dusty cocoa that shrouds a huge center core of ripe black fruit – think Knott’s Berry Farm. On the palate, big flavors of creamy black cherry, earth and smoky black pepper. A big, chewy wine, and though approachable now, it’s also a great candidate to cellars for several more years. Enjoy with bold foods like grilled lamb chops or robust wild game. Bottled August 18, 2014.
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