For anyone interested, the difference between a Syrah and Petite Sirah is simple. The Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) is a cross of Syrah and Peloursin grapes. Although Peloursin is not a very common wine, the grape is commonly scattered throughout the Rhône region of France and southern to middle California. The cross of the two produes a sweet and spicy grape that results in oaky wines with a great deal of plum and earthy flavors.
Just to note once again in case you missed it, Petite Sirah is NOT the same as Petite Syrah. Its a common misunderstanding considering there may be only like a few vineyards that produce Sirah (Durif).
But enough with the history lesson, let's talk about gratuitous consumption of alcohol.
Concannon Petite Sirah
The wine at first taste was very dry and just a little bland. It could have been easily mistaken for a blended Cabernet. A very strong problem that was easily solved by decanting it for up to thirty minutes. You could also let it breath for only about five minutes if you have a pour with an aerator. Letting the sulphur dioxide bleed out and getting some fresh air in it did a world of wonders. The final product was a wine that was very smooth and slightly sweet paired with deep herbal notes and long silky tannins.
The color of this wine is amazing. I could tell from the first three ounces in the glass (which were almost black) that is would be a mystifying drink. It had such depth and complexity that one would normally find in an upper scale red, but the flexibility and comfort of a decent white. I personally managed to pair this with a meal composed of Asian Spiced Ribs and eccentric tapas like appetizers. Even against the advice of my peers who all suggested an off-dry riesling, this wine did the job it was supposed to.
Definitely a keeper in my book, and worth a shot for those who want to say they have tasted a truly unique wine. Once again, even though it is very similar to a Syrah, it is indeed not a Syrah.
Que Sirah, Syrah.
Le sirah n'est syrah pas.
Deal with it.