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JAFFURS 2011 PETITE SIRAH THOMPSON VINEYARD SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

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Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "Last of the 2011s and one of the most elegant Petite Sirahs out there, the 2011 Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard is a knockout effort that offers up thrilling aromas of smoky black and red raspberries, tar, licorice, mineral and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, tannic and structured, yet also seamless and silky, with loads of depth and richness, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will have 15+ years of total longevity. Drink now-2026. Craig Jaffurs continues to produce a bevy of brilliant Rhone blends from his winery in Santa Barbara. While his 2010s are spectacular, his 2011s are lighter in color and weight, with more upfront characters. They should pick up additional weight with some bottle time, yet most will require drinking over the coming 5-6 years."

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Deeply pitched dark fruit compote and licorice scents are energized by peppery spices, flowers and a hint of smoky minerals. At once rich and lively in the mouth, offering palate-staining cassis, bitter cherry and candied violet flavors that spread out on the back half. Finishes smooth and sweet, with the cherry and violet notes echoing. Shows no signs of its 15.3% alcohol, which is no mean feat." 

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah used to be known (and still is in much of the world) as Durif, and is now mainly planted in the USA and Australia. While often used to beef up otherwise too-light wines (like cheap Pinot Noir or underweight Cabs), Petite Sirah is pretty good on its own terms. Petite Sirah wines are usually quite dark, full-bodied, and have good tannic and acidic structure to go with their herbal, spicy character. They can age very well too, and can handle oak aging well. Even though the name is similar, Petite Sirah is quite different from Syrah.

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