“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Petite Sirah/Zinfandel

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Petite Sirah/Zinfandel

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with another of the 2012 Limited Edition wines.  This one comes from California, so we are continuing our California themed posts while the Water 2 Wine-DTC is at a wine competition in California!! Today’s Featured Wine is: Petite Sirah/Zinfandel Petite Sirah is not what you think!  Many people confuse Petite Sirah with Petite Syrah.  The varietal in this limited edition wine is not Syrah.  This Petite Sirah is actually a varietal also known as Durif.  Durif A/K/A Petite Sirah is a varietal that originated in France, but that is primarily grown in California, Australia, France, and Israel.  In the late 1990s, the University of Davis confirmed that the varietal originated when Syrah pollen germinated a Peloursin plant.  Peloursin is believed to have originated in Isère, and can today be found in small quantities in California and Victoria, Australia.  It is almost completely non-existent in France today. Durif is very commonly blended with red Zinfandels.  Studies show that the zinfandel grape is genetically equivalent to a little known Croatian grape and also the Primitivo varietal traditionally found in southern Italy.  The zinfandel grape first appeared in the United States around the mid-19th century. The particular Zinfandel in this wine comes from the Lodi Valley in California where there is a longer and drier growing season. Due to the longer season, the grapes are able to “hang” longer on the vine which allows the pH time to balance. This results in a wine with silken layers of multidimensional delight.  The characteristics of the soils in the region enable the vines’ roots to grow deep.  Little, if any, water is needed to sustain the vines thereby enhancing the color and flavor in the grapes. In this blend, Petite Sirah complements the jamminess of Zinfandel.  The light quality of the Petite Sirah tames the abundant blueberries and blackberries in the Zinfandel with a hint of dark cherry and vanilla. We think you will find this wine to be quite full-bodied with a lingering palate of peppery spice, plummy flavors, with suggestions of blueberry, raspberry and cranberry. Undertones are of almond and exotic spice.  You should notice aromas of blackberry and dark cherry. This wine goes great with steak and beef dishes, BBQ ribs, pizza, pasta with cream sauces, eggplant, cheeses – asiago, goat cheese, gouda, gruyere. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/preservative-free-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-petite-sirah-zinfandel




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