Myrtle berries, dark chocolate shavings and smoky notes on the nose; the palate is rich, with a lively acidity and long finish.
In the 1860s in Montpellier, France botanist François Durif kept a nursery of grape varieties at his home where he most likely had plantings of both Peloursin and Syrah. At some point the two vines cross pollinated and Durif discovered a new grape variety growing in his nursery. Petite Sirah has historically been used as a blending grape to add color and body to inferior wines but has recently experienced a revival in single variety wines and high-end blends. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color, and typically rounder and fuller in the mouth, and offers a brightness that Syrah lacks with an aging ability that can sometimes exceed 20 years in the bottle.