Name: 2003 David Bruce Petite Syrah
Region: Central Coast, California
Price: $14.39 to $17.99
To combat this dreary day, I've chosen a powerful, dark and brooding wine. One that will inspire you to stay indoors and keep warm, with good food, good company and good wine.
Petite Syrah is not the same as Syrah, in fact they are two unrelated varieties; the Petite Syrah berry is small, dark and tannic and farmed in warmer climates. Petite Syrah wines should be black and intensely structured with rich, peppery fruit.
David Bruce Winery, located in the Los Gatos hills, has been making wine since the early 60's. They even participated in the sensational 1976 Judgment of Paris, where California wines surpassed French wines in a blind tasting, which catapulted California onto the international wine scene.
David Bruce is known for Pinot Noir, though they have been producing a small amount of delicious Petite Syrah for over twenty years. Being that the production is small, we don't see it too often. The Petite Syrah is opulent, dark and luscious with white pepper spice and loads of blackberry fruit. A perfect companion to hearty grilled meats, a rich stew or hard cheeses.