As an educational note, Petite Sirah is not a “smaller” version of Syrah as it is a wholly different varietal. The background on Petite Sirah is that it is the offspring of Syrah and Peloursin (a scarce and almost extinct grape).
Borjón Winery – 2017 Petite Sirah Reposado. From Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. Known for their Barbera’s and Petite Sirah’s. A mouth filling wine with character. This wine had an intense deep red/purple hue that was almost “black” in color. It possessed a heavy body and viscosity. On the nose dark fruit, cocoa and black pepper. On the palate blackberry, blueberry were dominate with strong hints of ripe plums and just the right amount of oak from the barrel, tempered with vanilla residue. The finish was long lasting and powerful which was needed with the food pairing. The acidity and tannins were big and bold but the fruit kept them “in check”. Such an easy sipping wine! They just won Double Gold at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The Food and Wine Pairing
The food pairing with the Borjón Petite Sirah was a stir fried teriyaki chicken with Udon noodles and steamed broccoli. Also a fresh garden salad with chucky Blue cheese dressing was served. The smoothness and fruit of the Borjón Petite Sirah complimented some of the spice in the dish. An excellent pairing. Pairing it with the 2017 Borjón Petite Sirah was an excellent choice.