Petite Sirah is an interesting variety. It is also known as Durif (due to being discovered by Francois Durif) and is a cross between Syrah and the little known Peloursin. After DNA fingerprinting at the University of California, Davis in 1997, Syrah was identified as the source of pollen that originally crossed with Peloursin flowers. See, even these two separate plants thought Petite Sirah would be sexy!
This Petite Sirah from J. Lohr is grown right here in Paso Robles near their tasting room. It seems to do quite well in the summer heat but benefits from the common 40 to 50 degree temperature drop overnight. I’m sure the sustainable farming practices conducted by J. Lohr is appreciated and enjoyed by the grape as well.
They are continually monitoring water status in vines and soil through weather data, evapo-transpiration assessment via solar panel technology, and moisture sensors. This allows them to water only when needed which has resulted in an average of only one acre foot of water per acre per year. Once vines are planted they maintain a permanent cover crop to limit carbon dioxide emissions and weed growth, preserve soil integrity and enhance soil health, and prevent erosion.
I knew this Petite Sirah tasted pampered! Cheers to the J. Lohr crew for their continued care and concern for the land. It’s the only Earth we’ve got.