Francois Durif, a botanist at the University of Montpellier, discovered a grape variety in his experimental vineyard around 1880 and named it Durif. The new grape was the result of an unintended cross between two grape varieties; Peloursin and unknown vine at the time that has recently been identified by DNA as Syrah.
In 1884, Charles McIver of Linda Vista Winery near San Jose imported Durif for his vineyard and changed the name to "Petite Sirah." No one knows why McIver changed the name although it may have been an attempt to make the Rhone connection for commercial purposes. Adding to the confusion, the name "Petite Syrah" was already being used at that time as a synonym for a true Syrah vine imported in 1878. The “Petite” in Syrah’s case referred to the smaller berries and the lower yields that those vines then produced in California.
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.
Time in Barrel: 28 months.
Estimated Peak: 2018