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Robert Foley Petite Sirah

2015 Petite Sirah

This 100% Petite Sirah is a truly fruit-focused bottling. Blackberry pie, briar and camphor notes interplay in the aromas and flavors which flood the palate in a big middle sweetness. As big as this wine is, the finish is gentle, allowing the flavors to linger and make you wish for more.

For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be confused with Syrah... Petite Sirah was originally discovered by a French botanist, Francois Durif, working at the Montpellier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this variety growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif.

Unfortunately, the tight clusters were prone to bunch rot and the wines that were produced were considered too big and tannic for the French palate and the variety was eliminated and is no longer found in France. It did make its way to California and other parts of the world where it is known as Petite Sirah. There is nothing “petite” about it – even the berries are very large and the wines can be enormous. The key to user friendliness is patience to allow the seeds to ripen, allowing the tannins to relax. Through genetics, it was determined that this variety was the result of pollination of a Peloursin flower with Syrah pollen.

750 ml – $60     [this wine cannot be shipped to Montana]

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