This is our sixth vintage of Petite Sirah. The grape has had a rather muddled history ever since it was first cultivated in California circa 1890 shortly after being either propagated or identified as a seperate variety in France in the 1880's.
It is not Syrah, and there is nothing "petite" about it in terms of grape size or flavor. Many older Petite Sirah vineyards in California are actually "field blends" containing as many as five grape varieties (including Petite Sirah and Syrah).
DNA fingerprinting has also shown what we know as Petite Sirah could actually be the ancient Rhone variety Peloursin. Or, as the most popular theory goes, this grape is actually Durif, a cross of Peloursin and Syrah created in France in the 1880's.
Whatever the reason, the name "Petite Sirah" has stuck and the wine became an early favorite in California as the rich, massive wines it produces were a natural favorite when paired with old rancho cuisine featuring grilled meats and vegetables.
Winemaker's comments: Thompson Vineyard continues to prove itself as an excellent source for Petite Sirah. Located north-east of Los Alamos in Alisos Canyon it has its own unique microclimate. The wine underwent extended maceration, 53 days on the skins to evolve its tannin structure and build complexity and a long persistent finish.
Gold Medal 2019 San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge- 91 points
2014 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard
100% Thompson Vineyard Petite Sirah
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
October 8, 2014
Sugar: 24.9 Brix
March 17, 2017
Total Acid: .68
13 barrel lot, 3 new
23% French oak
14 months in barrel
Production: 318 Cases
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