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Folin Cellars Petite Sirah 2011

Petite Sirah from Rogue Valley, Oregon
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13.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Our Petite Sirah comes from the lowest site on our vineyard, approximately 1100 feet elevation, a site with large river rocks in the soil. The wine boasts a dense, almost black color. Aromas of fresh tilled earth enhance the full-bodied palate. Dark fruit and hints of white pepper intensify the long, almost never ending finish.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Petite Sirah was picked October 21 after one of the latest budbreaks on record. It has a more extrovert bouquet than the Syrah with blackcurrant, blueberry, Provençal herbs and tertiary aromas that gain more and more intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, well-judged acidity, clean and pure with an intense, almost heady spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a great example of a rarely seen grape variety.
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Folin Cellars, Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Folin Cellars is a family owned and operated winery focusing on producing 100% Estate grown warm climate varietals including Viognier, Tempranillo and Syrah. Our wines are produced using minimal intervention with an emphasis on handcrafted blends highlighting our unique vineyard site. Great care is taken in the vineyard to ensure only the highest quality fruit goes into our wines. We currently produce approximately 1500 cases of wine. All of our wines are sealed with the innovative Vino Seal Closure to ensure all of our wines are as our winemaker intended them to be. "No Cork, No Worries."

Rogue Valley

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As the the largest region in the greater Southern Oregon AVA, bordering California, the Rogue Valley AVA grows the most diverse array of grape varieties compared to any other Oregon appellation.

The Rogue Valley AVA is actually made up of three adjacent river valleys—not just one as its name suggests—Bear Creek, Applegate and Illinois. These valleys extend from the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, a coastal sub range of the Klamath Mountains. Most Rogue Valley vineyards are planted on hillsides at elevations of 1,200 to 2,000 feet where soils are metamorphic, sedimentary and volcanic.

On one end Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc benefit from a warm and dry climate. To the west end of the Rogue Valley, cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Gewürztraminer do best. Dolcetto, Grenache and Zinfandel also grow in the Rogue Valley AVA.

Early European settlers first started growing grapes here in the 1840s, the most famous of whom was a pioneer named, Peter Britt. He also opened Oregon’s first official winery (which later closed in 1907). Today, besides its great wines, the region is known for the Britt Music & Arts festival, which inhabits Peter Britt’s former hillside estate, and the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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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