2012 Petite Sirah
It is almost funny that in California we call the grape Petite sirah while the rest of the world calls it Durif, after the person who developed the grape variety. There is nothing petite about the wine at all, it is almost always big and brawny and the challenge of making Petite sirah is to keep it drinkable! At the annual Kick Ranch tasting I’ve been awed by the Petite sirah, so inky and tannic. A little bit goes a long way (it is like vegemite!) but I have been intrigued by its use in blending and in 2012 I took a few tons of fruit for this purpose. I kept back 4 barrels to watch its progress as a varietal wine and decided that I would bottle some separately as my first Petite sirah. To tame the wine somewhat, I’ve blended in 11% Syrah, also from the Kick Ranch, but this is a wine to have with very hearty winter fare.