Santa Barbara County, Thompson Vineyard
2013 Petite Sirah
This is our sixth vintage of Petite Sirah. The grape has had a rather muddled history ever since it was first cultivated in California circa 1890 shortly after being either propagated or identified as a seperate variety in France in the 1880's.
It is not Syrah, and there is nothing "petite" about it in terms of grape size or flavor. Many older Petite Sirah vineyards in California are actually "field blends" containing as many as five grape varieties (including Petite Sirah and Syrah).
DNA fingerprinting has also shown what we know as Petite Sirah could actually be the ancient Rhone variety Peloursin. Or, as the most popular theory goes, this grape is actually Durif, a cross of Peloursin and Syrah created in France in the 1880's.
Whatever the reason, the name "Petite Sirah" has stuck and the wine became an early favorite in California as the rich, massive wines it produces were a natural favorite when paired with old rancho cuisine featuring grilled meats and vegetables.
Winemaker's comments: We have produced wine from the same block of this Thompson Vineyard since 2005. 2005 produced moderate crop with a very even ripening season that maximized the full potential of the grapes. Dark, inky saturated color that will stain your teeth. Full Bodied with a long chewy finish. Enjoy wiyh rich food.
Gold Medal 2017 Monterey Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Competition
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2017 International Womens' Wine Competition
Suggested retail: 28.00/750ml
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