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1993 Petite Syrah The Neighborhood Cellar 1993 Petite Syrah:
100%
Alcohol by volume:
12.5%
Cases produced:
14

Tasting Notes
This wine was medium-bodied with slight, dried fruit undertones. Apricot was one of the flavors that stood out. This was and might still be the most popular wine we have made to-date. This wine appealed to even those who were not big wine drinkers. "Smooth" seemed to be the most frequently used adjective. (Not the most popular word with me.) But, people have enjoyed it none-the-less.

About the Year
In 1993 I was working at a high-tech startup company and the Internet was just beginning to form as a commercial entity. Over the next six years the Internet would produce global economic and social changes, and America would experience one of the greatest economic booms in its history. At the same time, general interest in wine was also becoming more commonplace a trend that really started back in the late seventies after the infamous blinded tasting in Paris of 1976 where French judges chose several California wines over their French counterparts. By 1993 the American mainstream knew the basics of wine, and grape names replaced brand names. Now people asked for and were buying Merlot and Chardonnay, rather than Gallo or Almaden or asking for Burgundy.

This was my third year of winemaking and I was feeling a little more comfortable and in control of the process. Once again, researching the individual grape variety proved to be very informative and helpful in the production.

Petite Syrah (or Petite Sirah) is an interesting grape and one that seems to be slowly making its name known here in America. It is very often confused with Syrah, but actually has no relation. It is believed to be part of the Durif variety that originated somewhere in Southeastern France, but is almost extinct there today. It is primarily grown in California, where it does very well. It is capable of producing very complex wines and is very suitable for aging. Some Zinfandel producers blend Petite Syrah in their productions for added complexity.

The Petite Syrah grapes this year were very good. The fruit were small and the bunches looked very good.


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