Petite Sirah is often times deeply colored, spicy, peppery, and assertive. Yet, most of the time it’s a grape variety that’s underappreciated. Petite Sirah is also the source of confusion for some. First off, the name can be misleading because Petite Sirah usually produces wines that are anything but petite. And while it sounds similar to its distant cousin Syrah, they are two different grape varieties that are well worth getting to know. Petite Sirah is mainly grown in California and generally produces fairly big, bold, and full-bodied wines. For last week’s Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday Live, host Scott Jordan welcomed Michael Gann, proprietor of Gann Family Cellars. During the live broadcast (every Tuesday at 9PM EST), I had an opportunity to taste the Gann Family Cellars 2006 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah with wine blogging buddies @DanGod1 (aka Miles), @awanderingwino, and @tampawinewoman.
Gann Family Cellars 2006 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah
In the glass, the Gann Family Cellars 2006 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah displays a deep, inky purple color with expressive scents of dark stone fruit, black cherry, currant, cocoa powder, and muted minty nuances. The palate is rich and textured with black fruits and spice [a nice depth of flavor], good acid-tannin balance, and a spicy lingering finish. This wine retails for $42 ($33 if you’re a Cellars of Sonoma wine club member) and would pair well with a well-marbled rib-eye or beef short ribs. Gann Family Cellars made less than 80 cases of this award winning Petite Sirah which won double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. What started as a dream in the mid 80’s and came to fruition in 2001, is delivering in the glass today. Nice job, Gann Family! Cheers!
To view the winemaker interview with Michael on Ustream click here. Cheers!
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