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| ||Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 1/24/2013: Off the list at Bern's ($35?). Great on PnP and got better with airtime, but hit a wall at about the 90 minute mark and began to fall off. Such a fun bottle, this being the oldest PS I've ever had. If you want to know about the aromas and flavors, you'll just have to get to Bern's, but be warned, there are just a handful of these lovelies left. Many thanks to psirahtampa for this delicious, well-aged bottle recco/pick. Drink now, not getting any better, though if perfectly stored, it has a few more solid years to go. (uploaded label image: note, NOT Central Coast AVA, but CA AVA per the label, but no doubt this is all estate fruit). (987 views)|
Concannon Vineyard Producer website
Concannon Vineyards was founded in 1883 in Livermore, California and is a registered historical site. They were the first to bottle a varietal petite sirah in 1961. Owned by conglomerate The Wine Group, the Concannon family, including patriarch Jim Concannon, is still involved in running the winery, which produces several tens of thousands of cases a year.
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.
USA WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!
California California Wines (Wine Institute of California)
California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
Central Coast Central Coast Wine Growers Association
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