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Crux Winery

Crux Winery
2016 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Petite Sirah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$45
Cellar Selection

Crux Winery
2016 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Petite Sirah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.1%
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried cherries, panettone, and candied orange peel with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of sticky date pudding and yeasty dinner rolls with moderate oak flavor. A firm, dried-fruit focused Petite Sirah best for the cooler months.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cocoa powder, dried cherries, panettone, and candied orange peel
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of sticky date pudding and yeasty dinner rolls
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A firm, dried-fruit focused Petite Sirah best for the cooler months.

The Producer

Crux Winery

The Producer
18850 Hassett Lane, Bldg C
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-837-8061

Their Portfolio

86 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Rosé, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
92 Crux Winery 2014 GSM, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2014 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Crux Winery 2013 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.6% (USA) $36.00.
96 Crux Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.3% (USA) $38.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
BR Crux Winery 2016 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Crux Winery 2015 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $40.00.
93 Crux Winery 2014 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2017 Catie’s Corner Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
88 Crux Winery 2017 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.7% (USA) $30.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Red Wine, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 Crux Winery 2015 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2017 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
89 Crux Winery 2017 Syrah, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $42.00.
89 Crux Winery 2016 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2018 Estate, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.

Petite Sirah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Petite Sirah, which is also spelled as Petite Syrah (or even Petit Sirah) is a California red wine with deep color, rich tannins and a good deal of spice. While a few medium and larger-sized producers in California make Petite Sirah, most examples are from smaller artisan producers. These vintners often emphasize the chocolate and plum flavors as well as the chewy tannins.

As these wines are rugged in nature, these often need a few years after release before they are in ideal drinking condition; five to seven years is generally an ideal time frame for best consumption. Pair Petite Sirah with such foods as grilled lamb, pork roasts, stews and game.