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Peltier Station 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 Station, 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.

With a distinctly Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool nights, the Lodi AVA in California’s Central Valley provides growers with ideal conditions for grape-growing. As most of the rain falls in winter months while vines are dormant, the risk of disease and pest problems is low and irrigation can make up for the dry conditions during harvest.

By a wide margin, Zinfandel is the most successful and widely planted variety in Lodi. Often made from old vines, these wines are robust and fleshy with ripe, plummy fruit and represent excellent value at the lower end of the price spectrum. Over 100 other varieties are grown here, ranging from the classic (Merlot, Chardonnay) to the obscure and experimental (Portugal’s Touriga Nacional, France's Picqpoul).

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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