2011 Petite Sirah
Originating from the Rhône region of Southern France, Petite Sirah was first introduced to California in the mid 1800s, and continues to thrive in dry climates like Paso Robles. Small berries and a high skin-to-juice ratio produce an "old world" style wine with powerful tannins and acidity, components that give tremendous aging ability. This small production single-vineyard vintage was barrel-aged in French Oak (22% new barrels) for 30-months, creating a rich, full-bodied wine that could go the distance of 20 more years in the cellar. Impressively inky and luscious in the glass, its bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, with dense flavors of blueberry, mocha and hints of licorice. It possesses an intense masculine texture, concentrated mouth feel, and a lingering finish. As such, this elegant, yet refined wine serves well at a table topped with red meat (beef or lamb especially) or hearty vegetarian dishes such as grilled mushrooms, cheesy eggplant lasagne or stout bean ragouts. À votre santé!