2008 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard "Pierce Ranch" San Antonio Valley Petite Sirah

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There were just 324 cases produced of this Petite Sirah from Pierce Ranch in southwestern Monterey County, relatively new appellation of San Antonio Valley. Situated west of Highway 101on a plot of high-draining, shale-covered hill, this site is well suited to slightly warmer climate grape varieties like Petit Sirah. The 2008 is big and berry-ful, like Petite Sirah should be, with intoxicating spice notes and hints of spicy black pepper.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2011 | Send Email
In our most recent domestic staff tasting - a doozy of a tasting with over 60 wines - it came as a suprise that a Petite Sirah would end the tasting on a high note. The 08 "Pierce Ranch" San Antonio Valley Petite Sirah from local favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards is aromatically stimulating, opening with a dark-fruited nose with a freshness and spice that is envigorating. The palate is dark, layered, and full, but balanced, with pepper, graphite and mineral notes accenting the fruit. For $17.99, this is charming, understated Petite Sirah is a real value.

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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2