2014 Petite Sirah
Diener Ranch, Lake County, CA
What we love
It doesn’t get much inkier than Petite Sirah, and this opaque, almost oil-black 2014 from Merisi is no exception. It’s big and bold, with dense blackberry and plum, beef jerky, mocha, and dark chocolate from its aging in oak barrels. While full-bodied and rich, it is very nicely balanced by fresh acidity and dusty, firm tannins that frame the wine beautifully. From slow-cooked brisket to smoked sausages, rich braises, and grilled steaks, dishes for carnivores will always please the Petite Sirah drinker.
About this Wine
Petite Sirah is a California specialty that doesn’t get enough attention. Merisi’s very impressive boutique bottling is a great way to acquaint yourself with this under-appreciated variety.
First off, there’s nothing “petite” about Petite Sirah – it’s a big, bold wine, and a grape variety which, while ‘born’ in France, has become almost exclusively associated with California. The best examples tend to be small-production, under-the-radar bottlings like this very exciting find.
With its deep color, rich texture and bold flavors, Merisi’s Lake County Petite Sirah will make everyone a fan of cheering for the underdog. Enjoy!
100% Petite Sirah; naturally fermented and barrel aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak.
Drink now through 2028.
15.3% alc | 750ml
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