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Brass Tacks North Coast Petite Sirah 2008

Petite Sirah from North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Let's get down to brass tacks. This Petite Sirah is about the purity of the varietal flavors and California terroir. Brass Tacks Petite Sirah is an opulent wine with flavors of blackberry, plums, vanilla and hints of black pepper and well-integrated tannins lead to a smooth, balanced finish. This is a classic Petite Sirah with big fruit flavors and tannins that the variety is known for. The North Coast is defined by its cool maritime air, morning fog and high elevations and higher than average rainfall that leads to optimum growing conditions. Petite Sirah, also known as Durif in Europe, is a varietal initially developed in France. When introduced in California in the late 1800s, many winemakers mistook it for a clone of Syrah, which led to the name Petite Sirah.

    The tannins in Petite Sirah make it a very food friendly wine. Try with grilled steak, barbeque, pork chops and strong cheeses.

    Gold Medal - Brass Tacks Petite Sirah was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2011 International Winemaker Challenge competition after being reviewed by a panel of acclaimed winemakers.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Brass Tacks, , California
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    Brass Tacks wines reflects the essence of California wine and the purity of the fruit. The winemaking starts in the vineyard, where the unique characteristics of each varietal and vineyard are cultivated. The result is a wine that isn't over-manipulated, allowing the personality of the fruit to shine through.

    Brass Tacks produces wines that capture the unique essence of the varietal as well as the region in which it thrives. The fruit is sourced from regions and vineyards that are among the best suited for the varietal and wines are produced in small lots to ensure quality.

    brass tacks (noun) - the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities (usually used in the phrase "get down to brass tacks."

    Santa Maria Valley

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    A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely east to west starting near the coast, allowing Pacific Ocean air to funnel through and cool the vineyards. This allows grapes to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, this creates an ideal environment for grape growing.

    Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has proven quite successful in the region as well. Many vineyards here are owned by growers who sell their grapes to wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottle from different wineries. Bien Nacido is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

    Viognier

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    Full-figured and reminiscent of a potent floral perfume, Viognier is the mandatory grape of the northern Rhône appellation Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery) Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the world with some degree of success, but is perhaps at its best outside of France in Oregon, Washington, and cooler parts of Australia, where minerality and acidity can be achieved to give the wine the backbone it can sometimes lack.

    In the Glass

    This is a heady, aromatic variety making rich, complex, and full-bodied white wines redolent of a floral bouquet and assorted stone fruits and tropical fruits, with a hint of spice not unlike that of Gewürztraminer. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

    Perfect Pairings

    Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to gutsy food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, chicken Kiev, or rich, spicy fare.

    Sommelier Secret

    While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône, made otherwise from Syrah. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

    AAWBrassPetiteSirah_2008 Item# 102483

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