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Lolonis Orpheus (Petite Syrah) 2000

Petite Sirah from North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Black hue with violet rim. Forward aromas of blackberry, milk chocolate, dust and oak with a whiff of coconut. Soft tannins lead to rich flavors of blackberry, walnut, black pepper, tobacco and nutmeg. Espresso accents the creamy close.

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    Lolonis

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    Lolonis, North Coast, California
    For over 80 years, the Lolonis family has continued a tradition begun in 1920 when two young Greek immigrants on the benchlands of Redwood Valley planted the first Lolonis Vineyards. By the 1950s the next generation to play a major role, applying the pioneering organic farming methods that enabled the vineyards to flourish pest free. At present, Lolonis has become known as an old vine specialist with 300 estate grown acres, under the direction of owners Petros and Ulysses Lolonis and consulting enologist Jed Steele.

    North Coast

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    Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

    Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

    Petite Sirah

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    With its deep color, rich texture, firm tannins and bold flavors, there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The variety, originally known as Durif in the Rhône, 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, commonly utilized as a blending partner for softer Zinfandel and other varieties, but also finds success as a single varietal wine. It thrives in warmer spots, such as Lodi, Sonoma and Napa counties.

    In the Glass

    Petite Sirah wines are typically deep, dark, rich and inky with concentrated flavors of blueberry, plum, blackberry, black pepper, sweet baking spice, leather, cigar box and chewy, chocolaty tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Petite Sirah’s full body and bold fruit make it an ideal match for barbecue, especially brisket with a slightly sweet sauce or other rich meat dishes. The variety’s heavy tannins call for protein-rich and strong flavors that can stand up to 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 genetic characteristics despite being completely distinct.

    WBO424606_2000 Item# 58573