This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics,
has been grown side by side with Zinfandel in Dry
Creek Valley for over 100 years. Petite Sirah has been
planted on our vineyard since the early 1900s and used in
our Zinfandel production as an important part of the blend.
The "Family Vineyard" connection is with Carol Bushnell
who is John and Jim Pedroncelli's niece; this vineyard has
been a source of fruit since the 1940s. John blended this lot
with half the fruit from estate vineyards and half from the
Opaque purple in the glass. The wine is rich with ripe blackberry, black pepper and chocolate aromas. It contains very deep and complex flavors with a lasting finish braced by medium tannins. It has the structure to age well over many years. Decant if desired.
"This is a great value in a Petite Sirah that shows how well the variety performs in a great vintage in a warmer climate. With 20% Syrah, which seems to add richness and nobility, the wine is bone dry and elegant in mouthfeel, with complex blackberry, black currant, grilled beef, black pepper and cedar flavors. Drink now. "