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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
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14.4% ABV

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. 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. 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 ripeness while retaining acidity and balance.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here, often grown on vines aged 35 to 100 or older, taking on a powerful, voluptuous character favored by fans of the variety. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhône varieties, and Italian varieties. Petite Sirah and Carignan are commonly blended with Zinfandel.

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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