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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerBehrens Family Winery (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
VineyardKick Ranch
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma County

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Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Billiken on 7/24/2015 flawed bottle: This is normally a great wine, but, sadly, this bottle was corked. (35 views)
 Tasted by iawcc on 9/13/2014 & rated 90 points: High octane fruit bomb. Pleasant but lacking the complexity to make it outstanding. (1115 views)
 Tasted by SaraAndMark on 6/17/2014 & rated 92 points: One of the best petite sirahs that we've had. Full bodied and very smooth. (1238 views)
 Tasted by Billiken on 3/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Really enjoyed this wine. Probably needs much more time in the bottle, but still very enjoyable right now! (1336 views)
 Tasted by badgermitch on 5/18/2013 & rated 88 points: Very deep dark purple. After an hour decant, it smoothed out the tannins a bit. (2018 views)
 Tasted by ilcor on 2/7/2013 & rated 96 points: Very dark purple wine, extremely smooth, one of the best i've had in years, highly recomend. (2024 views)
 Tasted by caeleric/cae_cpa on 1/25/2013: paired very well with pot roast. lots of heady perfumed purple fruits, but good sweet spice detail to make it something more than a fruit bomb. 89-91. petite sirah is good! (1706 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 6/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Honeymoon Wine Tasting; 6/25/2012-7/3/2012 (California - Napa & Sonoma Counties): Tasted at Winery. 95% Petite Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is very deep dark purple, with a nose of oak and bramble. BIG flavors of dried berries, spice, and oak. However, the tannins somewhat dominate the wine (great if you prefer rustic chewy wines). The finish is long but very tannic. Hold 2+ yrs, and enjoy a wonderful wine. (2995 views)
 Tasted by Rich.Herbs on 3/2/2012: Tasted this wine with many others so I may not have given it the attention it deserves, but I found it disappointing when compared to other California Petite Syrah. Some nice components, but they did not add up. (1485 views)
 Tasted by BiggE5252 on 11/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Smell Black Fruit ( Blackberries, Raspberry, Black Cherry) (1457 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
(Behrens Family Winery (Erna Schein) Petite Sirah Kick Ranch Sonoma) Subscribe to see review text.
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Petite Sirah

Varietal character (Appellation America) | P.S. I Love You: A Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization

Petite Sirah is a variety of red wine grape grown in France, California, Israel and Australia. Recently, wineries located in Washington State's Yakima Valley, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, Mexico, Chile's Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula have also produced wines from Petite Sirah grapes. Though developed in France, it is nearly extinct there as of 2002, hanging on in limited plantings in the Isère and Ardêche regions of the Rhône Valley and in Palette, a tiny appellation in Provence. It is the main grape known in the US and Israel as Petite Sirah with over 90% of the California plantings labeled "Petite Sirah" being Durif grapes; the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms recognizes "Durif" and "Petite Sirah" as interchangeable synonyms referring to the same grape. The grape originated as a cross of Syrah pollen germinating a Peloursin plant. On some occasions, Peloursin and Syrah vines may be called Petite Sirah, usually because the varieties are extremely difficult to distinguish in old age.

The 'petite' in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine, which is particularly vigorous. The leaves are large with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters that can be susceptible to rotting in rainy environments. The small berries creates a high skin to juice ratio which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period. In the presence of new oak barrels the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.

Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic with firm texture and mouth feel. The bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, with plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color. The wines are very tannic with aging ability that can eclipse 20 years in the bottle.


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