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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Our 2007 Petite Sirah has such a deep, inky core that its legs stain the glass purple. Aromas of sweet black fruits, anise and vanilla are alluring and pronounced. The palate is balanced, mouthfilling and intense. Flavors of pomegranate, black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, smoky oak, and sweet espresso crema, are complimented by a long finish accompanied by hints of anise, spice, and dark chocolate. The tannins are fine grained and well integrated. Our Petite Sirah should be considered a gentle giant for this variety, exhibiting approachability and food friendliness. Recommended drinking time is three to four years from vintage, maximum suggested aging is ten years.
"Freshly picked blackberries that got ripe under the hot summer sun. Lots of ground black peppercorn dust. Black currant liqueur, black licorice and even a smattering of pancetta. These are the flavors of this delicious, complex Petite Sirah. It shows the big, firm tannins the variety is famous for, but they’re exceptionally ripe and fine. Absolutely first-class, one of the best Petite Sirahs of the vintage, and it’s not surprising that it comes from Napa Valley."
"The 2007 Petite Sirah is typical of that varietal. Inky blue/purple, with plenty of incense, blueberry, blackberry, espresso, and almost scorched earth, the wine is super-rich, impressively textured, and very full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin. This wine should drink nicely for 20 years.
The Wine Advocate
In 1968 Lee and Ruth Titus bought 50 acres north of St. Helena in the North Napa Valley. Son Phillip Titus is the winemaker for both Chappellet vineyards and Titus vineyards. Since 1990 limited quantities of distinctive Cabernet and Zinfandel have been produced.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
Petite Sirah(peh-TEET seer-AH) Not So Small There is nothing petite about this grape. Petite Sirah, the result of a crossing between Syrah and Peloursin, is also known as Durif. Being the father, Syrah imparted some of its flavors and characteristics to its offspring, but the two grapes are decisively different. Petite Sirah is mostly found in California, where it gained...Read More About Petite Sirah
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