I have been on a Petite Sirah kick recently and decided to give the 2010 Main & Geary Petite Sirah a try. This is a California Petite Sirah, and the grapes are sourced from different vineyards for the production of this wine. The color of this wine in the glass is a deep purple. The aromas associated with it were of blackberries, cherries, anise, and spice. The flavors were of blackberries, cherries, a vegetal flavor which was not appealing, and pepper on the back end. I was a bit disappointed with this wine as I found it to be flat, medium-bodied, and lacking the bigness that I want and expect from a Petite Sirah. I have sampled less expensive Petite Sirah’s that were just as good if not better than this wine. I think that I would pass on this wine again in the future.
Lately I have been on a Petite Sirah kick, and I have been sampling Petite Sirah’s from throughout the various wine regions that grow this variety. The Petite Sirah grape variety is a cross-breed of the Peloursin and Syrah varieties, and its correct name is the Durif grape variety.
I was able to sample the 2010 Vigilance Petite Sirah from Lake County, California. In the glass this wine had a rich, deep, dark purple color to it. The aromas were of dried black fruit, blackberries, blueberries and spice. The flavor profile followed the aromas, with flavors of raisins, prunes, blackberries, and spice on the back end. This Petite Sirah was full-bodied, with firm tannins, was well balanced, and had a long finish. This was a good drinking Petite Sirah, and one that I would recommend.
Of late I have been on a Petite Sirah kick, and I thoroughly enjoy the wines made from this grape variety. Petite Sirah is a cross with the Peloursin and Syrah grapes, and its proper name is Durif, but few call it by that name. The 2009 Cartlidge & Browne Petite Sirah is a deep, dark purple in the glass, with aromas of cherries, plums, and spice. The flavor profile is of black cherries, black plums, blackberries, nutmeg, and a slight hint of oak. This Petite Sirah has a nice jamminess to it, is medium to full-bodied, and the tannins are smooth.
The Bogle family first planted grapes in the Sacramento Delta region of California in 1968, and it continues to be a family owned and operated business today, with over 1,200 acres of vineyards. The Bogle Petite Sirah is considered their “heritage” wine, and the grapes were first planted in 1978.
The 2009 Bogle Petite Sirah is a true expression of this grape varieties characteristics. In the glass is a deep purple ink color, with aromas of bosenberries, followed by plums and a slight oakiness. On the palate is the full-bodied experience that I expect from Petite Sirah, with dark berry jamminess, black plums, spice, followed by the taste of oak. This is a full-bodied Petite Sirah, with soft tannins, good balance, and an easy drinkability. I have become a huge fan of Petite Sirah, and this wine delivers, while being affordable.