Petite Sirah Spotlight
As October winds down, we are taking time this week to celebrate our Wine of the Month: Riserva Petite Sirah. Not only has this delectable wine earned a 94-point score from Wine Enthusiast, it has gained popularity and attention from our beloved members and guests. This deep, rich red is especially perfect this time of year as the weather encourages us to stay inside and get cozy. This wine is overflowing with everything you want in a Petite Sirah, dense with flavor and balanced body. If you haven't had a chance to taste our 2017 Riserva Petite Sirah, you can expect to be delighted when you do. Generous aromas of cocoa, baking spices, vanilla and dark fruit adorn the nose of this wine, leading into a swirling celebration on the palate. Luxurious flavors of tea leaves and tamarind mingle together before arriving at a finish with a satisfying finale of cocoa, cream and vanilla flavors.
Petite Sirah is anything but “petite” on the palate. This name was earned in the late 1800s due to the size of the grapes themselves in comparison to Syrah grapes. The small size of the grapes and the thickness of the skin is the source of the deep, iconic tannin. Petite Sirah is known for its density, boldness, and body, and rightly so. The complexity and power within each bottle of our Petite Sirah are a product of varietal, terroir, and winemaking finesse. Though Petite Sirah hails from France, the Californian climate is a happy place for the vines, and the wine itself has found more of a foodhold in New World markets rather than finding popularity in the Old World. Today, it is the 6th-most planted red varietal in California, a number which, in our opinion, should go up.
Our 2017 Riserva Petite Sirah is an orchestra of flavor, with everything from tea leaves to dark fruit and baking spices topped with vanilla and cocoa. Don’t miss this underappreciated varietal. You might just find a new favorite!