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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 3 
TypeRed
ProducerM2 Vintners (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
DesignationRow 23
VineyardHerzog Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Valley
AppellationClarksburg
UPC Code(s)859439001566

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2019 (based on 2 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 88.4 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by IlonaN on 2/19/2015 & rated 90 points: Notes similar to my last tasting but now tannins have resolved and texture is less rustic and more refined. Holding up very well. (128 views)
 Tasted by IlonaN on 3/15/2010 & rated 88 points: Coming along nicely, with dark currant, sweet leather and some oak notes. Nice acidity and a slightly gritty tannic finish.. (801 views)
 Tasted by sammy on 7/4/2008 & rated 85 points: Very dry and high tanins (851 views)

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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.

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 Valley

The Central California Winegrowers (Official site) | Central Valley (California Wine Institute)

Clarksburg

Clarksburg Wine Growers & Vintners Association

 
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