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Criss Cross Petite Sirah 2013

Petite Sirah from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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13.9% ABV
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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Excellent density and richness, with the black fruit staying bold and upfront on the palate. It rounds itself nicely in the finish, staying grapey to the end.

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This interesting and complex cool-climate Petite Sirah tastes more like its relative Syrah than usual—and it contains almost 10% Syrah. The aromas recall black pepper, roast beef and ripe blackberries. Tannins are firm but not massive, giving the texture a sense of layering and finesse.
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Criss Cross, Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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Criss Cross is a joint venture between LangeTwins Winery and Vino del Sol. The winemakers are Karen Birmingham and David Akiyoshi. The Criss Cross wines are made from our most premium vineyards in a fruit-forward style that over-delivers for the price.

Clarksburg

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The vineyards just inland from the Sacramento River Delta, along the deep banks of the Sacramento River, comprise the Clarksburg AVA. The River Delta channels in cold air and fog from the Pacific Ocean creating a cooling effect in this area. Warm summer days quickly change to chilly evenings and make a great environment for grape growing. While a range of grape varieties grow here, Chenin blanc stands out the most, distinguishing itself for the appellation.

The Clarksburg Wine Growers and Vintners Association, made up of nearly 50 grower members and over a dozen wineries, has been working since the late 1980s to promote the high quality wine of its region.

Petite Sirah

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With its deep color, rich texture, firm tannin, and bold flavors, there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The variety was originally known as Durif, but took on its more popular moniker when it was imported to California from France in 1884. Despite its origins, it has since become known as a quintessentially Californian grape. It has been commonly utilized as a blending partner for softer Zinfandel and other varieties, but has also found success as a single varietal wine. It is most commonly grown in Lodi and the Central Valley, and to an extent in Sonoma and Napa counties.

In the Glass

Petite Sirah wines are typically deep, dark, rich, and inky, with concentrated flavors of blueberry, plum, backberry, black pepper, sweet baking spice, leather, and cigar box, and chewy, chocolatey tannins. Notes of vanilla and coconut can be found in examples with significant amounts of new oak.

Perfect Pairings

Petite Sirah’s full body and bold fruit make it an ideal match for barbecue, especially brisket with a slightly sweet sauce, and other rich meat dishes. The variety’s heavy tannins call for fatty protein and strong flavors that won’t get drowned out by the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Don’t get Petite Sirah confused with Syrah—it is not, as the name might seem to imply, a smaller version of Syrah. It is, however, the offspring of Syrah (crossed with an obscure French variety called Peloursin), so the two grapes do share some characteristics despite being completely distinct varieties.

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