Caymus-Suisun 'Grand Durif' Petite Sirah Suisun Valley 750 ml
The super-rich Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) has been widely respected in California dating back to the 1800's. The variety contributed importantly to our state's evolution in creating great wines and was often the favored choice of many home winemakers. The term Petasarah grew to life, with the wine rich in substance - mouth-filling, opaquely dark, and retaining significant bitterness. With this important memory of yesteryear in mind, Gran Durif is an updated version - a round, eminently rich and fruit-driven table wine without the customary bitterness. The harvesting of our grapes takes place late in the growing season and is the center point of this wine's ripe style. The little-known but exceptional Suisan Valley is the grape source. Dry farmed young wines are highly responsible for Grand Durif, as well as Caymus fermentation techniques and barrel aging in French oak. The sum of these practices produces a newly fashioned Petasarah. Suisun (su-soon), only 30 minutes Southeast of neighboring Napa Valley, shares similar climatic conditions, yet has richer soils perfectly suited to this wine, a new expression of a variety that has long been overlooked and holds potential for great enjoyment.