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Peltier Petite Sirah 2009

Petite Sirah from Lodi, California
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14.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Earthy, peppery, yet caramelized aromas, woven into a mineral, earthy tannic mid-palate, undercut by a chocolate coffee smooth finish.

Pair it with a wide array of cuisine. A sweet honey mustard salad will showcase the fruitiness, where a sirloin steak cooked to perfection will exhibit the spice.

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Juicy in blackberry and plum, this is a velvety soft Petite Sirah with a backbone of leather and espresso and a long, fulfilling finish. Mouth-filling and fresh, this wine will play well with a heaping plate of grilled ribs or a proper roast.
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Peltier, Lodi, California
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It all began with the Schatz family in the early 1950's, whose passion for farming has been passed along to each generation with the love for the land and vineyards. As third generation grape growers, Rodney and Gayla Schatz carry on the same traditions today as their parents and great-grandparents did many years ago, growing superior grapes that are sold to numerous wineries throughout the country. They purchased their first vineyard in 1985 and built a winery in 2002 as a custom crush facility producing premium wines to wineries both large and small. With a drive to create their own label to share from the vineyards that have captured their hearts, came the desire to make outstanding wines with a commitment to quality and excellence creating individuality in each bottle. Thus, their flagship Peltier Station Petite Sirah launched the beginning of many vintages and varietals.

In the early 1900's locomotives delivered wine grapes and fresh fruit throughout the nation from old packing sheds that at one time graced the railroad tracks in the vineyards throughout the Lodi Appellation. Crates of red and white grapes were loaded onto boxcars delivered to wineries and home winemakers. "Peltier Station," in days past, was a frequent stop where the winery is now located and vineyards still flourish. The name emerged in honor of the local history and abounding railroads that helped build California.

Positioned between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Lodi appellation, while relatively far inland, is able to maintain a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm, sunny days and cool evenings. This is because the appellation is uniquely situated at the end of the Sacramento River Delta, which brings chilly, afternoon “delta breezes” to the area during the growing season.

Lodi is a premier source of 100+ year old ancient Zinfandel vineyards—some dating back as far as 1888! With low yields of small berries, these heritage vines produce complex and bold wines, concentrated in rich and voluptuous, dark fruit.

But Lodi doesn’t just produce Zinfandel; in fact, the appellation produces high quality wines from over 100 different grape varieties. Among them are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc as well as some of California's more rare and unique grapes. Lodi is recognized as an ideal spot for growing Spanish varieties like Albarino and Tempranillo, Portugese varieties—namely Touriga Nacional—as well as many German, Italian and French varieties.

Soil types vary widely among Lodi’s seven sub-appellations (Cosumnes River, Alta Mesa, Deer Creek Hills, Borden Ranch, Jahant, Clements Hills and Mokelumne River). The eastern hills are clay-based and rocky and in the west, along the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers, sandy and mineral-heavy soils support the majority of Lodi’s century-old own-rooted Zinfandel vineyards. Unique to Lodi are pink Rocklin-Jahant loam soils, mainly found in the Jahant sub-appellation.

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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