Petite Sirah 2014
Lab Stats: Alcohol 13.75% T.A.5.0 g/liter pH 3.86
Appellation: 75% Solano 15% Sonoma 6% Napa
Blend: 92% Petite Sirah 4% Merlot 4% Petite Verdot
Kent Rasmussen Notes:
Petite Sirah has always been one of my favorite grapes.
I feel that it is truly one of California’s un-sung wonders and
deserves far more recognition than it gets as a great wine grape.
It is also a “California grape” having never much been grown
elsewhere. Year after year I have
made Petite Sirah (or Petty Sara, (or Pets) as the farmers say), but it is only
in the last few years that it seems to be taking hold in wine-lover’s minds.
Better late than never, I suppose — but it is sad that people have
missed out on it for so long. Petite Sirah has a character all it’s own.
It is big, tannic, ripe, juicy and “grapey”.
If anyone is silly enough to not drink it now and lets it get old they
will find that it ages wonderfully, developing a richness and complexity akin to
The 2014 Ramsay Petite Sirah is a pretty wine full of
lovely fruity succulence. I blended
in a little Petite Verdot and Merlot to make the tannins a bit softer than is
usual — an attempt on my part to make it more food friendly.
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