Harvest of 2017 was unusually early for us, so the wildfires that ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties that year, happened while our wines were already in tank or barrel. We were thankfully spared from the flames and any smoke damage to our fruit. This wine is 100% varietal Petite Sirah – dark as can be with utterly ripe blackberry-pie aromatics. On the palate, it’s full, round, and massive, but with an elegant finish, fine tannins, and nothing overly gripping. For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be confused with Syrah… Petite Sirah was originally discovered in 1877 by a French botanist Francois Durif, working at the Montpelier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this seedling growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif.