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2006 Trinafour Cellars Petite Sirah Niemi Vineyard Mendocino County
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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2009

($27) Glass-staining purple. Primary aromas of blackberry and blueberry, cracked pepper and olive. Tightly wound, tangy red and dark berry flavors are complicated by dried violet and bitter chocolate nuances, with solid tannins adding grip. The finish repeats the peppery note and clings with spicy persistence. This is a baby, and in need of patience. These wines are made by Alex MacGregor, the winemaker at Saracina. (JR)

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Petite Sirah

Even though the origins of this grape are in France, California is the place to look for the best expressions of Petite Sirah. The "Petite" in the name refers not to the size of the vines but rather to the size of the grapes. In fact, the high skin to juice ratio that accompanies the small berries allows Petite Sirah to produce wines with high tannins and...
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