Petite Sirah 2015
Lab Stats: Alcohol 13.9% T.A.5.1 g/liter pH 3.85
Kent Rasmussen Notes:
Petite Syrah has always been
one of my favorite wines. Young
Petites are so grapey and thick, and old ones are rich and complex, almost like
old Clarets. The Petite Syrah grape
(called Durif in France) has never been terribly popular, however, and saw its
greatest fame here in California during prohibition and into the early 1970's
when many true world-class wines were made from it by producers such as
Concannon, Ridge, Stag's Leap and Freemark Abbey.
By the late 1970's, consumer demand had fallen to such a level that the
grapes, even from the best appellations, almost couldn't be given away.
Today this has changed, with a cadre of true-believers bringing the grape
back to life.
The 2015 Ramsay North Coast
Petite Sirah is exactly what a Petite Sirah SHOULD be—-big,
rich and fun to drink. It has loads
of bright fruit, yet also loads of big complex tannins (but not the
mouth-scrubbing kind!). I love it
both with food and on its own.
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