Petite Sirah comes from a past as dark as the wines it produces. Neither petite nor Syrah, this grape took hold of California vineyards in the late 1880’s, and today, is widely used as a blending grape, especially in the classic Zinfandel field blends. Revealed through DNA fingerprinting, Petite Sirah plantings in California are recognized as Durif, a French variety that produces rich wine with lush blueberry and spice notes and incredible color in the glass. Planted in 2000, the grapes that comprise the Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah are handpicked from the winery’s twelve acres of Petite Sirah vineyards located in Burke Ranch. For eleven years prior to harvest, the vines develop, mature and receive special care which results in highly-concentrated, quality fruit. The Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah is complex with rich body and bold flavors.
Petite Sirah is typically one of the last varieties picked, and this is no exception— the cool weather during the season allows the grapes time to mature. The fragile grape clusters are handpicked at first light, each lot of grapes de-stemmed and partially crushed leaving whole berries for a full ten days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The fermented grapes are pumped a minimum of three times daily to maximize color, flavor and aroma extraction. After settling, the clean wine is then aged in a combination of 100% second-fill French and American Oak Barrels for 12 months before bottling.
The Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah is bold and spicy with terrific mineral details and refined tannins. A dark and opulent aubergine color in the glass, the wine has a powerful nose of sweet oak vanillin and bright, juicy fruit. The palate is focused with crisp and captivating flavors of ripe blueberry and jammy blackberry cobbler, with a warm oaky spice note on the finish. For a delightful and mouth-watering pairing, serve this wine with roast tenderloin of wild Boar, or baked root vegetable lasagna.
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