Despite an unpromising start in its land of origin (France), the Petite Sirah grape – aka Durif – blossomed in California as
a favorite component of many a Depression Era field blend for its deep color and hearty tannins. But, during the 60’s, singlevarietal
Petite Sirahs got taken up in earnest, attaining an almost cult-like status among an ever-burgeoning fan base. Ron and
Jamie McManis, who jumped into what’s known as California’s “Northern Interior” in 1990, demonstrate why the love affair
with this grape endures. Fermented for 7-9 days, and aged in French and American oak for 4 months, the wine is vivid purple,
full-flavored, rich and substantial – with lively flavors of boysenberry, blackberry and cassis, and hints of hazelnut and toffee in
the bouquet. Food match: Tex-Mex cuisine, sweetbreads with mushrooms, dark chocolate desserts.