2009 Petite Syrah Mendocino County
California: Mendocino County
P.S., I love you...
A true hidden gem at a price that is just too good to pass up, this wine really astounded our entire tasting panel! And that’s saying something, as we are very choosy when it comes to the Petities that we bring you.
Today’s wine delivers something not commonly found in a Petite Syrah (we also call the varietal Petite ‘Sirah’): Elegance. This little beauty does have the bold fruit and flavor associated with the varietal, but with none of the brashness that can make a P.S. seem very over the top.
This wine bursts with lovely aromatics and, on the palate, the sort of juicy goodness that we just adore. Today’s Graziano 2009 Petite Syrah Mendocino County is a fun, delicious, rich and surprisingly elegant wine that is drinking beautifully. Enjoy now, or hold a few bottles back for the fall and winter holidays and be rewarded with even more plush grace.
Very deep and rich-looking, with inky purple coloration. At the very edge of the glass, a dark ring of garnet runs around the wine.
Dark stewed fruit of plum, blackberry, blueberry and cassis lead the way. Just behind these, aromas of toasty vanilla, oak, dried Virginia tobacco, cherry liquor and a hint of black pepper.
Blackberry, black cherry, cassis and dusty dark chocolate mix with hints of oak, European (unsweetened) licorice, tobacco and hard cracked leather.
Ultra long with bold fruit flavors that lead with dark fruit and then gradually give way to earth and spice flavors.
We’ll be enjoying our bottles with a veggie pasta with a hearty marinara sauce. For a great meat option, braised short ribs would be incredible.
What the Winery Says
Petite Sirah, Mendocino
- Wine Notes
- Mendocino County is the largest producer of Petite Sirah in the north coast of California. Our Petite Sirah comes from a combination of old vine vineyards and new high tech vineyards scattered throughout the benchlands and hillsides of Mendocino County.
The wine was aged in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak barrels (20% new) for 36 months that soften the tannins and added complexity to wine. This wine offers deep aromas and delicious flavors of ripe blackberries, violets, chocolate, toasty vanilla, tar and spice. Untypical of many of today’s Petite Sirahs, this wine is round, smooth and displays rich tannins that leads to long, lingering finish
- Food Recommendations
- Roasted meats such as lamb and beef or hearty venison stew bring out the true flavors of this wine.
- Total Acidity
- .71 g/100ml
- Residual Sugar
- .6% (dry)
- Case Production
- 530 cases
- Varietal Composition
- 100% Petite Sirah
- Hand-harvested September 27th – October 11th, 2009
- Length/Type of Fermentation
- Crushed into open top fermenters with 4 days of cold soak, pumped over and punched down twice a day for 16 days.
Length/Type of Aging: Barrel aged a total of 36 months in combination of French, American and Eastern European oak (20% new).
- Date Wine Was Bottled
- February 20th, 2013
About the Winery
The Graziano Family has a long line of winemakers and grape growers dating back to the early 1900’s.
Gregory Graziano’s grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, and his wife Angela, immigrated to America and eventually found their way to Mendocino County where they started growing grapes and making wine. They first planted vineyards in Mendocino County in 1918. In the late 1920’s Vincenzo had to depend on selling grapes to home winemakers on the east coast and bootlegging wine to support his family.
In the 1940’s after Prohibition and the Depression, Vincenzo, along with other local grape growers, formed the Mendocino Vineyards Winery, which eventually was sold and merged into the historically significant Cresta Blanca Winery in the town of Ukiah.
Greg’s father, Joseph Graziano, later followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the family vineyard operation.
Like his family before him, Gregory Graziano, Vincenzo’s grandson, now carries on the family winemaking tradition that his grandfather set the foundation for and that his father Joseph later handed down to Gregory. To this day he is still carrying on the family tradition…