Durif, more commonly known as Petite Sirah, was first created in the 1880s by Francois Durif, a botanist at the University of Montpelier. A cross between Syrah and the French grape Peloursin, Durif originated in the Isere region of southeastern France and was originally called Petite Sirah by farmers due to the smallness of its berries when compared to Syrah grapes. Traditionally a blending grape used to add color and alcohol to light vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir, Durif has seen an explosion of varietal vintages since the 1980s, with American plantings grown in California, Washington, and Oregon, and even Arizona, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Here's a gamble that paid off. The 2009 Durif vintage was so ripe and soft that we seriously debated whether to hold any back for a reserve. The fear was that it would not have enough structure to withstand the extra barrel time and would instead turn flabby what actually happened was amazing...
This wine leads off with an intense aroma of cotton candy, Marionberries, and sourdough bread. As it hits your palate you might reminisce of a blackberry cordial, with sweet & thick texture. The finish tingles of tropical fruit touched by Turkish spices.Total Alcohol: 14%
Time in Barrel: 34 Months
Clonal blend: 100% Durif