David Bruce 2001 Central Coast Petite Syrah
Central Coast, California
While the Central Coast appellation covers a large territory, these grapes come primarily from Paso Robles and the neighboring southern portion of Monterey County. The winemaking technique of this vintner emphasizes the abundant berry fruit and rose petal perfume aromas, while keeping the palate soft and approachable. Judicious blending with Grenache and Syrah adds raspberry and peppercorn flavors, balanced by subtle toasted oak. It pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods from grilled meats to spicy Mediterranean cuisine. While drinking very well now, it will evolve nicely for up to five years in a proper cellar.
Nestled amid the redwoods high in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco is the David Bruce Winery. Success based on passion and devotion to wine for 37 years. Always pursue bold flavors and rich styles in selected small lots. Offers Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Pinot Noir.
Mainly grown in California, this grape is either related to the Syrah grape or to the nearly-extinct Durif variety once grown in France's Rhone region. These are big, deep-colored, full-bodied wines that age well, are high in tannin and have a peppery flavor. Although they are a fine stand-alone varietal, Petite Syrah grapes are often blended with Zinfandel to add complexity.