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Pedroncelli Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2012

Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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14.4% ABV
  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

Harvested the first week of October, after a great growing season withconsistent moderate temperatures, the even ripening achieved greatacidity, a high concentration of aromas and varietal flavors. The fruit wascrushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of thejuice during fermentation allowed the young wine a substantial increasein flavor. The wine was aged for twelve months in American oak barrels,one third new oak balanced with seasoned barrels.

Deep purple in the glass. Our Petite Sirah offers rich aromas of ripeberry, black pepper and dark chocolate. It shows very deep and complexflavors of plum, blueberry and mocha highlighted by a warm spicefinish. Full bodied, there is nothing ‘petite' about this wine, and it isframed by ripe tannins and a long finish. It has the structure to age wellover many years. Decant if desired.

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Grown on well-drained hillside and benchland blocks at two vineyards on the west side of Dry Creek, this fruit was harvested in the first week of October after a long, moderate growing season. At first it feels oversized in its saline, rooty density and edges of alcohol. But there's a cool spice here, a green-edged complexity that hints at bay laurel and white pepper, and the fruit takes on a dark, cassis-like saturation as the tannins relent. Give it some time in the cellar to grow more sophisticated and savory and you'll have a powerful, complex Sonoma red for roast lamb or pork.
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Pedroncelli Winery

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 Pedroncelli Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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Pedroncelli Winery has come a long way since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyards and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Today, the vineyards are planted to premium grape varieties, the winery is filled with modern equipment, and wines bearing the Pedroncelli name grace tables from coast to coast. But two elements from 70 years ago remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family grows grapes, and the family's dedication to making fine wines.

Dry Creek Valley

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A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

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.

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