2014 Petite Sirah

Diener Ranch, Lake County, CA

  • Producer

    Merisi Wines

  • 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.

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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

Mandy Donovan

Co-Owner + Winemaker


Merisi Wines was started by Mandy and Nick Donovan to share their love for Northern California wines, and to show their vision of the best of what this region can produce. As the winemaker, Mandy thoughtfully sources fruit from boutique, sustainably-farmed vineyards, cared for by the same families for generations.

Though driving to an industrial warehouse complex in Sonoma's south side wine ghetto, where Mandy crafts her wine, might seem mismatched to a winemaking style that strives to best understand and represent the vineyards and growers whose fruit are sourced, it quickly becomes apparent from Mandy's recounting of how each wine came to be that she is serious about delivering on her ideals.

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