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Petite Sirah  is also called Durif and is a black skinned red wine grape that was originally from the Rhone region of France in the 1870’s. A cross between the Rhone variety, Peloursin and the popular Syrah, Petite Sirah  was named after its creator French nurseryman Dr. Francois Durif. Petite Sirah  was created in order to prevent Syrah from mildew. The tight clusters got rid of the mildew, but it made them susceptible to grey rot due to the humid Rhone region. Petite Sirah  does well in the warm and dry climate in California as long as the rains are not heavy or frequent. Petite Syrah features intense tannins and un-jammy flavors. Petite Sirah  tones down wines that are jammy, brown sugary and raisiny on their own. Petite Sirah  produces dark wines that are quite inky and can actually stain your good wine glasses. With the grapes being so small, the skin to juice ratio is very high meaning the wines are high in tannins. Petite Sirah  grapes are delicious on their own, but are also quite wonderful when they are blended with Zinfandel or Cabernet. Wine produced from Petite Sirah  is relatively acidic with a firm mouth feel and texture. The bouquet has black pepper and herbal overtones with flavors of blueberries, plums, and black fruit.

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MCV Red Wine 2017

MCV Red Wine is made from Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre & Zinfandel .

This is a fantastic everyday wine. It pairs with a wide variety of foods and is great all by itself.
Aromas of blackberry, vanilla, white pepper, granite, rainier cherry and mocha. Flavors of cherry cola, dark chocolate, graphite, black coffee and pink peppercorn.

Grapes were processed on the same day they arrived at the winery. Sorting table juice was discarded. Post de-stemmer juice was used for the Rosé. Lots were fermented in 2 ton macrobins. A variety of yeasts were used, including some wild fermentations. Lots were cold soaked between 3 -7 days. Fermentation took an average of 12 days. Some lots received extended maceration. Some lots were pressed directly into barrel and some into tank to settle. High press was separated out. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 15 months.

Pair with  Grilled New York with sautéed mushrooms. Stuffed portabella mushrooms. Pasta Carbonara. Pork chops coated with coffee and rosemary. Herb crusted lamb chops.

Review:

"Very dark in the glass, this bottling by Matt Villard pops on the nose with blackberry sorbet, wet slate, seared oak and a hint of mint. Earth and fruit converge on the palate, offering berries, sagebrush and a touch of smoke. It's a hearty yet balanced glass of wine. MATT KETTMANN"

- Wine Enthusiast (November 2019), 91 pts

 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Zanon Petite Sirah Family Vineyards 2018

Zanon Petite Sirah Family Vineyards is made from 100% Petite Sirah.


Zanon Petite Sirah is a delicious version of a distinctive varietal grape. This deep dark purple wine shows aromas of blueberries and plum. Complex flavors of blueberry, plum, and black pepper with vanilla and soft oak mingle in the background. Well-structured with firm tannins and the ability to age over many years, there is really nothing ‘petite’ about it! It is 100% Petite Sirah.


The Petite Sirah vineyards are located on the hillsides in the scenic and bucolic setting of the historic Dry Creek Valley. It has been grown side-by-side with Zinfandel in the Dry Creek Valley for over 100 years.


Pairs with roast beef, prime rib, hearty sauces, bold cheeses.

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