2011 Petite Sirah
“Why is it called Petite Sirah when it’s such a BIG wine?” The “petite” refers to the size of the berries, which are small with a high skin-to-juice ratio. This gives the wine its dark, inky pigmentation and high tannin levels. “Are Petite Sirah and Syrah related?” No. Not at all. Entirely different varieties. “Tell me something else I don’t know about Petite Sirah…” It is also known as Durif and was named after a French botanist in 1880. Oh and one more thing: we heart Petite Sirah because it is ridiculously delectable in the most dramatic, honest, teeth-staining way. It dances along the edge of muscular vs. elegant in a way that no other varietal does. It is, in a word, awesome. Speaking of awesome, our 2011 Petite Sirah is full-bodied yet supple, with dark fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry. Although the tannin structure is robust, the luscious mouthfeel is soft and round, and the finish unfolds with graceful notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.