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Wilson Winery Estate Ellie's Vineyard Petite Sirah 2011

Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    14.2% ABV
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    14.2% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Ellie's rich aromatics and texture offer a sensory treat for Petite Sirah lovers. Dark berry aromas merge with a lovely vanilla oak essence, tantalizing one to take the first sip. The round, almost opulent mouthfeel doesn't disappoint as it reveals brambly berry and oak notes mingled with traces of cocoa, eucalyptus, and fine herbs. Spicy yet supple tannins appear mid-palate, adding interest and depth as they linger in the finish.

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    Wilson Winery, California
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    Wilson Winery was built on tradition and family - much like its landmark barn anchored to the eastern rim of the legendary Dry Creek Valley. When Ken and Diane Wilson opened the century-old cellar doors, they began to share more than their extraordinary wines, they offer a view into a wine valley's history and a legacy of winemaking.

    It was in 1993 when the Wilsons took on the restoration of the old tin barn - once the Chris Fredson Winery - complete with the original redwood vats and tanks. Today, this historic barn houses modern stainless steel tanks and a new collection of French and American oak barrels for aging the Wilsons' Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

    More than a home for Wilson wines, the old tin barn is the homestead for their frowing family of boutique wineries they nurture and are proud to call Wilson Artisan Wineries. "

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    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.

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    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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