2015 Petite Sirah, El Dorado

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Petite Sirah
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Petite Sirah
Aging
23 Months | 87% Ntrl French Oak | 13% New French Oak
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine & Spirits
92
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SKU: 15PETED

Petite Sirah (AKA Durif) is a cross between Peloursin and Syrah. There is typically nothing petite about it in style and flavor profile. It has smaller berries and thicker skins, thus a tannic wine is often produced. It was first introduced to California in 1884 and quickly became the varietal of choice in vineyards. While we don’t have records to confirm, there is a very likely chance it was grown and produced at J. Skinner in the late 1800’s.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Petite Sirah
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Petite Sirah
Aging
23 Months | 87% Ntrl French Oak | 13% New French Oak
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine & Spirits
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"This grows at Skinner’s Stoney Creek estate in Fair Play, where the petite sirah ranges from ten to 20 years old. It accounts for 86 percent of the blend, augmented with small amounts of counoise, syrah, viognier, grenache and mourvedre. Those other grapes may help to leaven petite’s tannins, which have mellowed over the course of two years in French oak (55 percent new) and a year in bottle. What’s left are scents of rocks and flowers, along with the chewy grape-skin tannins of petite. The wine is as black as you might expect; it’s also crunchy, and the floral notes keep coming on the finish. This should develop well with six to eight more years in bottle"
Winemaker's Notes
The Petite Sirah is grown at our Fair Play estate on decomposed granite soils that impart a distinctive mineral element to the wine. Tannins are prevalent in this varietal, thus we aged the wine for 2 years in barrel and over a year in bottle to round out the finished product.
Estate Vineyards
100% Stoney Creek
Production
100 Cases