2013 Petite Sirah
Skinner Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, CA
Miller Wine Works
What we love
Dark & super delicious, Miller's elegant Petite Sirah exceeds expectations both in quality and in price. You can tell this Petite Sirah is high-end because it has 'two volumes:' loud and soft. Whereas lesser-quality Petite Sirah tend only to showcase the grape's bold flavors like blackberry and licorice, Miller's version leaves space for subtlety to bring it to another level. Behind its lush profile, see if you can detect the faint aromas of dried tobacco, clove, and wood smoke. If not at first, keep sniffing as these notes will become more apparent as the wine gains air. Miller's Petite Sirah's full body and bold fruit make it an ideal match for barbecue, especially brisket with a slightly sweet sauce, but this wine's freshness also makes it perfect for seafood dishes like paella and grilled salmon or tuna.
About this Wine
In the hands of uber-talented winemaker Gary Miller, the burly Petite Sirah grape is tamed into a polished, elegant wine that even the most discerning oenophiles can't help but love.
We especially appreciate this wine against a backdrop that too many American-made Petite Sirah just disappoint, their styles so obviously appealing to commercial mass-appeal. Miller's style of Petite Sirah, however, is absolutely restrained, another way of saying it's not overdone, and resembles a style that you see coming out of Europe. But this wine is not really what we'd call a "feminine wine" - oh, there's still plenty of power and depth of flavor. We love Miller's Petite Sirah - actually, the first scribble on the notepad was 'Perfect.'
Somm-fact: Don't get Petite Sirah confused with Syrah - it is not, as the name might seem to imply, a smaller version of Syrah. It is, however, the offspring of Syrah (crossed with an obscure French variety called Peloursin), so the two grapes do share some characteristics despite being completely distinct varieties.
- 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel
- 14.5% alc - 117 cases made.
- Drink now through 2023.
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