If your not familiar with Petite Sirah, there is nothing petite (small) about it. The grape produces rich, complex and age-worthy wines that are dense in character and color. Our 2013 Reserve "mbf" Petite Sirah exhibits these qualities. Produced from the Perotti Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, this wine exhibits flavors of dark plums, dried herbs, licorice and pepper spice. That sounds delicious!
Handle with care. My Petite Sirah was treated to gentle winemaking and oak aging. Fermentation took place in an open-top tank, with hand punch-downs. This approach prevents harsh tannins from being imparted to the wine and allows the wine to be fruit-forward. My 2013 vintage was aged in 100% French Oak barrels for 18 months.
The Vineyard. In 2005 I talked to Ed and Bruce Perotti, father and son grape growers in Dry Creek Valley, about getting some “pets,” their name for the Petite Sirah grape. What a perfect nickname. But even more perfect is the suitability of this vineyard and these blocks for producing a great “pet”— located on the north end of Dry Creek Valley, on a bench with an eastern slope. This location ensures great air circulation and exposure, dry skins and ripe fruit.
The dark, opaque color of our 2013 mbf Petite Sirah begins the story of a “sultry” wine about to unfold. There’s a little heat on the nose, which opens to notes of licorice and leather. The flavor profile is deliciously decadent and features pepper, plums and chocolate and a big, chewy mouthfeel further advances the story line that this is one big dog of a wine.
Food Pairing Notes
BBQ Ribs are the perfect match for our Petite Sirah. Petite Sirah's ample tannins need to be balanced by natural fattiness or sweetness in its food pairing. Thus, slow cooked pork ribs slathered in a wonderfully sweet yet sassy sauce.