Petite Sirah is the new world name for the Durif grape which was developed in France in the mid 1800’s. It’s a cross pollination of the Syrah and Peloursin grape varietals.
It’s relatively rare varietal with less than 10,000 planted acres in the world with the majority in California.
It was brought into California in the early 20th century and became a workhorse grape with winemakers adding it to a blend to beef up the wine.
Ridge Vineyards is know for their Zinfandel (and a good Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon as well) which are often blended with Rhone varietals . This wine is from their Lytton Springs vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. The oldest vines in the vineyard date back to 1901.
2017 Lytton Springs Petite Sirah
Opaque dark purple with a purple rim, dill pickle, bacon fat and slate notes on the nose, concentrated meaty black fruit, chalky tannins on the peppery, balanced finish. Very enjoyable glass of wine.