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.
Previous vintages of our Durif sold out in a matter of weeks. The 2009 is as fruity as its predecessors, a tad softer on the palate, and ready to drink. We also saved a couple barrels to make another Durif Reserve later.
This wine starts off with the heady perfume of dates, pecans, and nutmeg. The palate bursts with blackberry and tingles across your tongue on the way to a bright and clean finish. Pair it with slow barbequed steaks, brisket, or ribs on a summer evening out back. It’s that simple, and you won’t regret it.
Total Alcohol: 14%
Time in Barrel: 28 Months
Clonal blend: 100% Durif