There are few producers who can extract so much flavor in wines that remain so impeccably balanced. Jeff Runquist of California honed his winemaking skills at J. Lohr and Montevina before starting his own wine line in 1986. He is now also the winemaker of the McManis wine selected for our club, and he is on a roll. His Petite Sirahs are inky dark and hefty, with dark fruit flavors in abundance and a core of strength. It’s easy to make this our wine club’s first Petite selection.
From the winery: “The “R” Petite Sirah from the Enver Salman Vineyard is Runquist’s most decorated wine. The 2006 vintage just won Best of Class and Best of Region honors at the California State Fair for the fourth time in the past five years. There is a real synergy between this Clarksburg Vineyard and the production techniques employed that creates a wine with an intensity and richness that is unmatched. Furthermore, these characters are delivered with a supple smooth texture that is so rare in a fully flavored Petite Sirah.
The color of the 2006 Petite Sirah is the typical inky purple. The aromas of this year’s wine are of dense concentrated black fruits, with nuances of blueberry. The bouquet features a mocha and dark chocolate character that, along with the jammy fruit, makes this vintage smell like dessert. The wine’s flavor is so full of ripe boysenberry and blackberries that it borders on sweetness. Aging in deeply toasted French Oak provides an additional flavor reminiscent of Black Patent Malt. The texture is rich and creamy, and full of well-rounded tannins. The finish is long and lingers for minutes after swallowing the wine.”
(This wine is no longer available for sale)
Visit the Winery’s Website
Read the Awards for Runquist’s Petite Sirah
About Petite Sirah (AKA Durif) at Wikipedia
PS I Love You is an organization dedicated to the enjoyment of Petite Sirah!
Explore the California wine regions at the WineInstitute.org
See an episode of WineLibrary TV explaining Durif/Petite Sirah
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