2010 Kalinda Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1123354

Black,inky color. Some peppery aromas. Rich palate entry with meaty undertones. Decant one hour and serve with a juicy hamburger. This is old school California Rhone syle wine somewhat similar to the 1965 Concannon Limited Bottling PS which still drinks great today. Superb bargain but only 80 cases left. -Clyde Beffa

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/29/2013  | Send Email
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One of the first wines that caught my attention when I first started selling and collecting wine in this business in the very early `70ís (1972 AD, and donít believe my colleagues that it was 1972 BC) was Petite Sirah. It was a huge wine, when produced correctly, with tons of black pepper spiciness and a plumy varietal characteristic. Like Zinfandel (which formerly came from Croatia and the Puglia area of Italy), Petite Sirah is not really the name of this grape/wine (which originated from the Southwestern Regional area of France), but the records of this grapeís origin was lost over a century ago. The name Petite Sirah was assigned (because the experts of that time thought it was related to Syrah), but the actual grape is named Durif, a scarcely planted grape that is used for blending in France. The Kalinda 2010 Petite Sirah from the Dry Creek Valley is a classic, old style, traditional Petite. Deeply colored, it loaded with black pepper spiciness, with a plumy and blueberry set of fruit characteristics that carry over to a flashy, broad, well-structured palate impression. Integrated, balanced, and deeply flavored, this lovely wine will drink well now and will continue to evolve for another five to ten years. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to six years. (14.5% ABV)
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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Varietal:

Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the RhŰne'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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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 (%): 14.5